A retired teacher who worked at a top choir school in Westminster has been jailed for a string of sex assaults on young boys.
David Lowe, 61, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday (February 5) after he was found guilty last Wednesday (January 28) at Southwark Crown Court of 15 counts of abuse involving 10 boys under the age of 13.
He also had four victims at Ampleforth College, a top Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire.
The incidents often took place while the boys were in their dormitories at night, the court heard, and he groomed them by bribing some with sweets and showering them with compliments during his years as an English and music teacher.
The court heard how on other occasions Lowe would fondle pupils during individual singing lessons, in his private office or flat. He would also pretend to punish boys by removing their lower clothing, placing them across his lap and smacking them.
Lowe was only caught when 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.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Kirstie Martin of the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said: “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 Met Police Service takes every allegation of abuse extremely seriously. This case demonstrates our commitment to tackle such abuse no matter how many years have passed.”