Former West Sussex prep school teacher jailed for sex offences

A retired West Sussex prep school teacher has been sentenced to six years in prison for historic sex offences against three young boys. 

Jeremy Malim committed the offences between 19 and 41 years old at Brambletye Prep School near East Grinstead.

The 73-year-old, now retire and of Route Gare, Morteaux-Coliboeuf in Normandy, was employed as a senior master and French teacher there between 1975 and 2002.

Malim was convicted of four counts of indecent assault on a boy then aged between 12 and 13 between 1996 and 1999, one count of indecent assault on a boy aged between 10 and 11 at the school between 1977 and 1979, and one count of indecent assault on a boy aged nine between 1978 and 1979, at Hove Crown Court last Thursday.

He will be on the sex offenders register for life.

Malim was found not guilty of two counts of indecent assault on the 12 to 13-year old boy between 1996 and 1999.

Detective Detective Constable Phil Cracknell of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said two of the victims came to police seperately in 2014 and 2015, and officers were able to trace the third victim through one of them.

"They have all given evidence at the trial and we admire their readiness to describe what happened to them, even after all these years, and the impact it has had on their lives.

"Our investigation found that Malim used his position of authority and trust to effectively 'groom' the boys he approached into a situation in which they felt unable to resist or report his advances, which consisted of touching them inside their clothing,often making light of it and often in almost plain sight of other boys.

"The young and vulnerable victims somehow accepted it at the time but it is quite clear that their distressing experiences stayed with them.

"The sentencing sends a message that we always take seriously and investigate such reports, no matter how long ago the events are said to have happened."

This is the second time Malim was tried on the six counts relating to the victim between 1996 and 1999. A jury failed to agree on verdicts at the same court on September 4th last year.

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