Former Seaford teacher jailed for sex offences

Christopher Robin Jarvis
Christopher Robin Jarvis

An Eastbourne man has been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for historic sex offences against boys at a Seaford school, according to a statement by the Sussex Police.

The statement said: “Christopher Robin Jarvis, 70, of Dukes Drive, Eastbourne, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court today (Monday December 16).

“He admitted at an earlier hearing 14 charges relating to a series of indecent assaults, all committed over periods of time, against boys who were pupils at St Peter’s Preparatory School in Seaford.

“Jarvis was a teacher there between 1962 and 1982, when the school closed.

“The prosecution, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, resulted from an investigation by Sussex Police specialist child protection detectives following allegations made in October 2012.

“Jarvis was arrested on November 5 that year.

“He was charged when he answered his police bail on Monday June 3 this year.

“Police stress there is no evidence to suggest that any children have been recently or are currently at risk.

“Detective Constable Hannah Elmer, of the East Sussex Child Protection Team, said: ‘At the time of his offending Jarvis was employed as a teacher at St Peter’s School.

“During his time there he targetted young and vulnerable boys who were powerless to say no to him.

“He systemically groomed each of his victims, becoming someone who they liked and trusted.

“This was a complex and distressing case during which each victim showed great courage in coming forward and re-living events which had occurred many years before.

“Thanks to their strength we have been able to investigate this to a positive outcome and have provided many others with some form of closure.

“This investigation shows that all such incidents, no matter how historic, can be investigated and justice served.

“We have also, equally importantly, been able to offer the victims sources of counselling and support.”