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Former Cranbrook teacher guilty of string of sex offences against children during 1980s

PUBLISHED: 11:58 25 October 2017

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Howard Sayer

He placed adverts in local media for private tuition - they abused the children in his care

A former teacher from Cranbrook has been convicted of sexually assaulting pupils in their own homes during the 1980s.

Geoffrey Oborn was employed to give private maths tuition after placing adverts in a local newspaper, but instead used the time to repeatedly abuse children in his care.

Oborn, now aged 79, and of Wheatfield Drive, Cranbrook worked in his home town as well as other parts of Kent.

A Kent Police investigation began in 2014, when a man reported that as a child he was targeted by Oborn at a school in Tenterden. Two women then came forward in December 2015 and March 2016, alleging historic sexual abuse inside their own homes. Oborn was arrested, but denied any wrongdoing.

At Maidstone Crown Court Oborn denied 13 charges of indecent assault against a child and one further charge of gross indecency with a child. The offences all took place between September 1981 and January 1985.

This week he was convicted by a jury of all charges. Sentencing has been adjourned to the same court on December 1.

Detective constable Annie Lefebve said: “Oborn was responsible for predatory abuse against children. He placed adverts in the local press to help find potential victims and then abused his position of trust for his own sexual gratification.

“It has taken a long time for his victims to get justice and I only can only commend their courage in helping us ensure Oborn has now been convicted. This case illustrates once again our determination to investigate all reports of historic sex offences and I hope it will encourage other victims of this type of abuse to come forward, no matter how long ago it was. I would also like to assure any victims of abuse that they will be treated with the utmost care and understanding.”

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