Former teacher, Geoffrey Perryman, jailed for sexual abuse of five boys

A former teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing five boys in the 1960s and 1970s.

Geoffrey Perryman taught music and sports at Exmouth Community College and was in charge of their outdoor pursuits centre near Kingsbridge.

The 88-year-old, of Kings Meadow Court, Gloucester, admitted 11 offences of indecent assault or indecency.

He was jailed for four years and four months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

The court heard Perryman abused the boys, aged 11 to 14, in his office or after making them share a bed with him at Huccombe House, near Beesands.

He sometimes joined boys in the showers after lessons, and boys who were known as his "playmates" were bullied and shunned by other pupils.

Perryman was previously jailed for two years and eight months at Gloucester Crown Court in February last year for similar offences against four boys.

He had been due to be released in 17 days' time but the new sentence means he will remain in Ashfield Prison, from where he appeared by video link.

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