Former PE teacher sentenced for multiple indecent assaults

Former PE teacher George Carroll from Bournemouth has admitted nine counts of indecent assault against three pupils during the 1960s and 1970s, as part of Operation Tweed.

Operation Tweed is an investigation into non-recent abuse at Cumbria residential schools.

85-year old Carroll was sentenced to two years imprisonment at Preston Crown Court in April.

Carroll was a former PE teacher at Cartmel School and Sedburgh County Secondary School (formerly known as Settlebeck School).

The court was told that Carroll had assaulted two of his victims on separate occasions, after telling them to blow up footballs in a store room. He had also assaulted one victim in a shower block and in a tent on a camping trip.

During his police interview, Carroll said he could not fully recollect the incidents but accepted that during his time as a teacher he had behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner with male pupils.

Senior Investigating Officer Doug Marshall said: “Every survivor of child abuse deserves to have their case investigated.

“The victims in this case have had to live with what they were subjected to by Carroll for decades. However, I hope that seeing their former PE teacher admit what he did and be brought to justice for his offences, all these years later, has brought them some comfort.

“I can assure the public that Cumbria Constabulary takes all reports of abuse – no matter how long ago they took place – extremely seriously and that all victims who come forward are treated with dignity and respect.”

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring an abuse claim.

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Private companies

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Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

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National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

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Religious Institutions

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Foster Carers

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