Former teacher from Grantham imprisoned for sexually assaulting pupils

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A 72-year-old Grantham man and former Rutland school teacher has been jailed for sexual assaults on two teenage boys dating back to the 1980s.

Ronald Eyre of Manchester Way, Grantham, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life at Leicester Crown Court yesterday. He had earlier admitted five counts of indecent assault on boys under 14.

The attacks took place while Eyre was a French teacher at the former Vale of Catmose College in Oakham.

Following the sentencing Det Con Jamie Carr, the investigating officer, said: “Eyre used his victims’ young ages and vulnerability to carry out his crimes. This abuse has had an overwhelming effect on them and is reflected in the statements they have released today.

“Both victims showed tremendous courage in coming forward and reporting this man. Hopefully they and their families are able to start new chapters in their lives knowing that Eyre is finally held accountable for his actions.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to ask the public to contact us if they believe that they may have been a victim of Eyre’s crimes or have any concerns please contact the police.

“It can be very difficult for people to come forward and report abuse even more so when it happened so long ago. I would like to reassure anyone that does contact us that their report will be treated with the upmost sensitivity and specialist officers will be on hand to support and assist victims.”

Eyre pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 years of age on at an earlier hearing on October 31. The attacks came to light in May when a man told police he was sexually assaulted by the defendant at Eyre’s home address between 1987 and 1989.

Further enquiries resulted in a second victim coming forward a few months later, who also said he was sexually assaulted again at Eyre’s home address between 1986 and 1987.

Neither of the victims can be named for legal reasons.