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Former deputy headteacher jailed for 19 years for sex offences

Posted on - 12th October, 2018 - 8:42pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News
Grahame Brennand, 71, of Calder Avenue

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

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Grahame Brennand, 70, of Calder Avenue, Fulwood, was found guilty following a trial at Preston Crown Court last month of 29 offences against a total of 11 victims during 1973 -1989.

He was a teacher at St John’s Primary School in Baxenden when the offences took place.

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.

St John's Primary School in Baxenden Pic: Google
St John’s Primary School in Baxenden Pic: Google

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

All the victims were aged seven to 11 at the time of the abuse.

Read more: Woman jailed for killing her seven-month-old daughter

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

What police had to say

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.”

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