Former teacher charged with sex offences at Portslade school

Posted On 12 Jan 2015 at 9:27 am

A man has been charged with historic sex offences against boys at a long-closed school in Portslade.

Geoffrey Parkin, 66, retired, who now lives in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, has been charged with nine indecent assaults against a total of six boys then aged between 11 and 12.

The assaults are alleged to have happened while he was a teacher at the Portslade Boys’ County Secondary School where the boys were pupils.

Eight of the offences are alleged to have occurred at a nearby swimming pool, which belonged to the Mile Oak Approved School, and the ninth at a campsite in Devon. The approved school closed in 1977.

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Parkin is due to appear on police bail at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (15 January).

The prosecutions, authorised by the CPS, follow a year-long investigation by detectives from Brighton and Hove CID into allegations received for the first time in November 2013.

In 1972 the Portslade Boys’ County Secondary School merged with Mile Oak Girls’ School, previously known as Portslade Secondary Modern School for Girls, to become Portslade School and Community College. The merged school was renamed Portslade Community College. It has since become the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA).

 

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