A former teacher at Ashdown House School in East Sussex has been jailed for 12 years for child sex abuse.
Martin Haigh was sentenced to a total of 11 years for sexual offences against boys at the boarding school, and an additional year for the possession of indecent images. He was convicted of one charge of indecent assault and three of gross indecency. He admitted three charges of gross indecency and four of indecent assault.
The sentence reflects the gravity of the life-changing offences carried out by Haigh on vulnerable children to whom he owed a duty of care.
I currently represent a number of survivors of abuse who were students at Ashdown House School. Haigh was a teacher at Ashdown House School during the 1970s. The children were aged between seven and 12 when the offences were committed between 1973 and 1975.
The sentence reflects the gravity of the life-changing offences carried out by Haigh on vulnerable children to whom he owed a duty of care. We are pleased that after such a long time the victims have got justice.
Haigh will be a registered sex offender for life and was served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), severely restricting his access to children and computers.
Jessica Standley is an associate specialising in child abuse claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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