Victim speaks out over teacher abuse
AWOMAN who was sexually assaulted ‘countless’ times by her teacher as a schoolgirl has spoken for the first time after he was convicted of systemic abuse of children.
She was molested by Grahaeme Brennand at St John’s primary school in Baxenden when she was a pupil.
The 71-year-old committed 26 indecent assaults in the 1970s and 1980s involving nine girls and also faced three further charges of cruelty against two boys. He was found guilty last week of all charges at Preston Crown Court.
In January in a separate trial the former teacher was found guilty of 17 sexual assaults on a further 13 girls. The actual number of offences was close to 200 as many of the counts included multiple assaults.
The twisted teacher also picked up and threw boys across the classroom as a way of disciplining them if they misbehaved.
One of his victims who has bravely decided to speak out told how the abuse led to her to suffering depression and a life- time of guilt.
His conviction ended a long quest for justice after she first told a teacher in her secondary school and police, who at first took no action.
Now we can reveal she is suing Lancashire County Council over her ordeal.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he ruled the class with fear and would often beat the boys in front of the class with a ruler and they would cry as they got their beatings.
She said he was much nicer to girls but still very strict and he would use the ruse of checking her work to touch her from behind.
She said: “I could feel his breath hot on my neck and after a while I knew what was coming.
“Looking back he was heavy breathing. He would put his hand down my top and other times he would put his hand down my skirt. But at the time I didn’t know any different I thought it was normal. But you couldn’t say anything as we were all frightened of him anyway.”
She added: “Looking back if makes me sick but I was a child I didn’t know it was wrong then.”
Former deputy head Grahame Brennand