A former headmaster has escaped an immediate jail sentence after he admitted sexually assaulting pupils in his care at an independent boarding school in the 1980s.
John Mash, 79, of Cobham Grange, Surrey was arrested in June 2014 after allegations of sexual assault were made against him by four former pupils.
The victims told police Mash would enter their dormitories at night and sexually assault boys boarding at the school, St Martin’s School in Northwood, Greater London. Mash appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, February 15, where he pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault on four boys under the age of 14.
He was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court, on Friday, 1 April to two years imprisonment suspended for two years and a two-year supervision order for three of the counts. He was also sentenced to one year’s imprisonment; suspended for two years, for three other counts, to run concurrently.
Mash will also be placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years and ordered to pay costs of £1,350.
Detective Constable Emma MacDonald, of the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Throughout this case I have been hugely impressed with the courage of the victims who have relived traumatic incidents from their childhood committed by a man entrusted to keep them safe.
“I urge all survivors of sexual abuse, no matter how historic, to come forward and speak with police.”
Two counts of indecent assault against Mash were left to lie on file.
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