Robert Neill, former housemaster at Kennet School convicted of 10 offences and sentenced to 21 years

Robert Neill A school PE teacher who chose vulnerable boys “who took his fancy” to prey on and sexually abuse has been jailed for 21 years for raping a pupil.

Robert Neill’s wife blew him a kiss across the courtroom as the 63-year-old was led down to the cells on Wednesday, March 9, after a judge described how he had left “an indelible mark” on his victims, some as young as 11.

The paedophile, of Park Lane, Thatcham and who was a housemaster at the school, was sent to prison for more than two decades for sexually assaulting boy pupils where he worked for 17 years.

He worked at Kennet School in Thatcham, when he carried out the severe sexual acts, which included a rape.

Sitting at Reading Crown Court Judge Angela Morris described the 63-year-old as a man who preyed on the “youngest” and “most vulnerable” pupils at his school to carry out his abuse which left an indelible mark upon them.

The teacher would single out the youngest boys in their academic years and also naughty pupils before demanding that they paid him a visit in his office.

Acting as the head of St Michael’s House at the Berkshire school, he would inflict his abuse during the office visits within the grounds of the school.
Kevin Barry, prosecuting, told Reading Crown Court: “His victims have suffered a devastating chain of harm which had a significant degree of planning which was a massive abuse of trust.

He was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the rape of a boy who was aged under 16 and dealt further sentences which the judge confirmed would be served concurrently to the lengthy rape jail term.

For four counts of indecent assault on a male person under the age of 16 he was sentenced each to 20 months.

For the two counts of indecency with a child under 14 years, the count of rape of a boy under 16 years the count of indecent assault on a male person aged 12 or 13 years old and two counts of indecency with a child aged 12 or 13 years old he was sentenced to six years.

He was also sentenced to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

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