Neil Dyer formerly Geoffrey Burley who was jailed for seven years in 2011 found guilty of sexually abusing his pupils has admitted six more counts of indecent assault

A former headteacher who was jailed for seven years in 2011 after being found guilty of sexually abusing his pupils has admitted six more counts of indecent assault on young boys during the late 1970s.

Neil Dyer – formerly known as Geoffrey Burley – appeared at Plymouth Crown Court today where he pleaded guilty to the six counts of indecent assault which related to two boys under the age of 13. The offences took place between January 1 1977 and 31 January 1978.

Recorder Nicholas Hall requested a pre-sentence report on the 76-year-old be completed ahead of a sentencing hearing on April 14.

Dyer – whose current address was not revealed in court, but court papers still have him at HMP Channings Wood – was granted unconditional bail until that date.

In April 2011 Dyer – then 71 – was jailed for seven years for sexually abusing pupils.

At the time Judge Darlow said the former Headteacher of Widey Court Primary School had preyed on children as young as 10 with a “callous disregard”. He said Dyer’s crimes were a “gross breach of trust” which showed a “casual and callous disregard” for the victims’ innocence.

He was found guilty of 25 out of 28 charges by a jury of assaulting 13 young boys, one young girl and a 19-year-old soldier.

The abuse happened at school, at his home while giving private tuition, or during school trips to Maker Camp on the Rame Peninsula, mostly between 1975 and 1985.

Judge Darlow described the crimes as “painful, upsetting and humiliating” for those who had to endure them.

Following the 2011 sentencing Dyer was placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely and banned from regulated activities with children and young adults.

Speaking after his sentencing one relative of a victim described Dyer as a “a predatory paedophile” who had “put himself in a position where he had access to children”

She added: “It’s heartbreaking to know what the children went through and no-one knew.”

Another said: “Dyer was feared and hated by children at Widey Court.

“It’s like ripples in a pond, he’s destroyed so many lives.”

During his three-week trial, many of his victims – by this point middle-aged men – gave evidence of how he mistreated them when they were 10 and 11.

One of them was abused shortly after his father died in a car crash and his mother lay seriously ill in hospital, while Dyer was acting as a surrogate parent.

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