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John Patton: Ex Chelmsley Wood teacher jailed for 1980s abuse

John Patton Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption John Patton, 75, admitted indecent assault against three boys

A former teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing pupils at a school in the 1980s.

John Patton, 75, admitted indecent assault against three boys under 16 earlier in the year.

The offences, dating back more than 25 years, were committed while he was teaching at Kingshurst Comprehensive School in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull.

Patton, of Chaddesley Court, Mount Nod, Coventry, was jailed for three years and 11 months at Warwick Crown Court.

Speaking after the sentence, one of his victims, now in his 40s, said he had struggled to live with the experience, leading him to self-harming and attempting to take his own life on several occasions.

'Move on'

He said Patton had praised him and even taken him for a meal.

"I just thought he was being kind and rewarding me for working hard. I didn't know at the time he had an ultimate goal," he said.

"I had to stay with him for 48 hours, because I didn't know where I was or how to get home to my family, and I didn't tell anyone for 15 years.

"It was only today, when the judge said 'you're going to prison' that I thought I can let this go now and try and move on.

"But I'm too old now. I can't turn the clock back."

Det Con Clive Leftwich, who worked on the case, said the language teacher's offences came to light after one of his victims approached police last year, prompting others to come forward.

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