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Preston man jailed for historical sex offences

grahame brennand sex offences

12:48pm 12th October 2018
(Updated 1:46pm 12th October 2018)

A former deputy head teacher has been sentenced to 19 years for historical sex offences.

Grahame Brennand, 70, of Calder Avenue, Preston was found guilty following a trial at Preston Crown Court last month of 29 offences against a total of 11 victims.

26 of the offences were sexual assaults on girls and three were cruelty offences against boys.

He was also convicted in January of 17 sexual assaults on 13 primary school girls.

The actual number of offences was close to 200 as many of the counts included multiple assaults.

All of the abuse happened while Brennand was a teacher at St John’s Primary School in Baxenden.

He also started a First Aid Club and took pupils swimming as opportunities to abuse them.

The offences were committed between 1973 and 1989 and all the victims were aged seven to 11 at the time of the abuse.

Brennand, sentenced at Preston Crown Court today (October 12th) will serve at least 11 years before he is considered for parole.

Investigating Officer Keith Hill, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Operation Fervent Team, said:

“Today’s sentence reflects both the gravity and extent of Brennand’s offending and I hope it can provide some sort of closure for those affected by his depraved behaviour.

“I would like once again to commend the victims’ bravery in coming forward and re-living their ordeals in order to give evidence.

"It has been a long and emotional journey for everyone concerned that was made all the more challenging by the defendant’s claim that the victims had somehow colluded to invent all of the allegations.

“Grahame Brennand is a devious and arrogant man that took advantage of his position to abuse many children in his care and to carry out his perverted sexual interest in young girls, abuse which continued over many years.

“Lancashire Constabulary remains committed to investigating offences of this nature, no matter how historic, and we would encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to come forward safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally.”

An NSPCC spokesperson said:

“The abuse inflicted by predators like Brennand causes pain and suffering that no child should ever have to endure.

“His victims have shown incredible bravery in speaking out, and this case shows others like them that they can come forward with confidence.

“At the NSPCC, our Speak out Stay safe assemblies are delivered to primary school children to teach children how to stay safe from abuse.”

Anyone with concerns about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.

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