Peter Dunbar given a suspended prison sentence in relation to indecent assaults when a teacher at Blue Coat School, Edgbaston

January 13th, 2014

RETIRED teacher who indecently assaulted boys at a boarding school in Birmingham during the 1960s and 1970s has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Peter Dunbar, of Bridgehouse Gate, North Yorkshire was handed two 10 month prison terms, suspended for 18 months, when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today (Monday 13 January). The 67-year-old, who has also worked as a vicar, admitted six counts of indecent assault against two boys at Blue Coat School on Somerset Road in Edgbaston when they were aged between 10 and 13.

He was arrested from his home in North Yorkshire in March 2013 after one of the victims broke their silence and confided in police in November 2012. Investigating officer PC Nadia lazzawi, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Dunbar’s victims have been haunted by what happened to them for many decades and have had to live for years with the impact of his actions.

“Thankfully they had the courage to eventually tell someone and now they’ve got the justice they deserve, knowing Dunbar has been held accountable for what he did to them. “I suspect there may be others out there who have suffered at his hands and, if there are, I would urge them to speak to police, because we can take action, regardless of how much time has passed.”

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