For­mer deputy head­teacher had ‘made ca­reer of be­ing per­verted’

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A FOR­MER deputy head­teacher who made a “ca­reer of be­ing per­verted and sadis­tic” has been given a 19-year ex­tended sen­tence.

Gra­hame Bren­nand, 71, in­de­cently as­saulted 22 girls and in­flicted cru­elty on two boys be­tween 1973 and 1989 while he taught at St John’s Pri­mary School in Bax­en­den, near Ac­cring­ton, Lan­cashire.

Bren­nand was convicted of the of­fences fol­low­ing two sep­a­rate tri­als at Pre­ston Crown Court and will serve at least half of 16 years in cus­tody be­fore an ex­tended li­cence pe­riod of three years on re­lease.

Sen­tenc­ing him, Judge Philip Parry told the de­fen­dant: “Over that 16-year pe­riod you sys­tem­at­i­cally and brazenly sex­u­ally abused young girls and you beat, hu­mil­i­ated and de­meaned young boys.

“You show­ered your favourite fe­male pupils with praise and at­ten­tion be­fore and no doubt in or­der to sex­u­ally abuse them – we would call that groom­ing now.

“And you as­saulted and ill­treated young boys, treat­ing them with con­tempt, and sub­jected them to hu­mil­i­a­tion and vi­o­lence of­ten in front of the rest of the class, adding to their sense of hu­mil­i­a­tion and help­less­ness.

“You have now been found by two sep­a­rate ju­ries to have made a ca­reer of be­ing per­verted and sadis­tic, al­most in equal mea­sure.”

The court had heard the “arrogant” strict dis­ci­plinar­ian abused his vic­tims in the class­room, of­ten in plain sight but away from the gaze of col­leagues as he cov­ered the win­dows and door of his class with sugar pa­per.

Bren­nand also cre­ated sit­u­a­tions out­side of the class­room to com­mit his abuse – on his canal boat, dur­ing swim­ming lessons and at a first aid club he started which re­quired girls to wear gym clothes.

Judge Parry noted that Bren­nand must have felt “un­touch­able” as he served un­der two head­teach­ers who “ap­peared com­pletely in­ef­fec­tive” in stop­ping his of­fend­ing as com­plainants were fobbed off.

One pupil was chas­tised for dar­ing to chal­lenge a se­nior and “well re­spected” mem­ber of staff.

One of his vic­tims in the cur­rent court case did re­port her abuse in 2013 and gave a state­ment to po­lice but the al­le­ga­tions were not pur­sued. Bren­nand, of Calder Av­enue, Freck­le­ton, Pre­ston, was im­pas­sive through­out the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

The ex- deputy head in­de­cently as­saulted 22 girls and beat two boys.

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