Retired Westminster & North Yorkshire teacher jailed over historical sexual assaults

A retired teacher who worked at two leading faith schools has been sentenced for a string of historical sex assaults on young schoolboys.

David Lowe, 61 (27.09.53) of Charlotte Street South, Bristol, was previously found guilty on 28.1.15 at Southwark Crown Court of 15 counts of abuse involving 10 boys under the age of 13 years.

He appeared at the same court today, (Thursday, 5 February) where he was sentenced to a total of ten years’ imprisonment.

The court heard how Lowe worked at both the Westminster Cathedral Choir School and the Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

He specifically groomed 10 boys during his years as an English and Music teacher, bribing some with sweets and showering them with compliments.

Six victims, one just eight-years-old, had been targeted at the Westminster-based Catholic school, while a further four victims were abused at Catholic Ampleforth College.

The incidents, spanning seven years between 1978 and 1985, often took place while the boys were in their dormitories at night.

On other occasions Lowe would fondle pupils during individual singing lessons, in his private office or flat. He would also ‘punish’ boys by removing their lower clothing, placing them across his lap and smacking them.

One of the boys, now an adult in his 40s came forward to report the incident to police and Lowe was arrested at his Bristol home in November 2012.

Detective Sergeant Kirstie Martin, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said at the end of the hearing: “David Lowe was a well-respected and talented teacher. He knew the boys he targeted felt hugely loyal to their schools and their teachers. He used this knowledge to abuse his position of trust in a truly terrible way.

“He transpired to be a persistent offender who committed his crimes over a prolonged period. He used young boys, who were often staying away from the security of their own home, to his own advantage. His actions left his victims feeling frightened, lonely and confused.

“Despite the abuse his victims, now all adults, somehow found the courage to relive their experiences. That courage has directly secured Lowe’s conviction and we can only hope that they can now find some closure.”

“The MPS take every allegation of abuse extremely seriously. This case demonstrates our commitment to tackle such abuse no matter how many years have passed.”