Belfast Telegraph

Seven years for evil pervert

Judge warns Brown is 'a danger to young boys'

By Claire McGahon

A FORMER vice principal of Bangor Grammar School is today starting a seven-year sentence for sexually abusing nine boys.

A FORMER vice principal of Bangor Grammar School is today starting a seven-year sentence for sexually abusing nine boys.

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Peter Gibson described Lindsay Thompson Brown (57) of College Avenue, Bangor, as 'evil' and 'a danger to young boys'.

He instructed that Brown should remain on the RUC's sex offenders file for life.

A stunned Crumlin Road courthouse also heard Brown _ who persistently denied a catalogue of sex offences against boys dating back to 1968 throughout his three week trial _ admitted to a prison probation officer that he abused boys.

Brown sat impassively throughout the proceedings with his arms folded and showed no emotion as the judge delivered the seven-year jail term.

Many of the victims of Brown's abuse and their families were in court to hear Judge Gibson tell the former teacher he had shown no remorse for what he had done to them.

And they pledged to keep up their fight to force Bangor Grammar School to explain how Brown was able to carry on abusing pupils over a prolonged period.

Judge Gibson told Brown he had 'grossly abused your trust in an evil and distasteful manner.'He said Brown had 'groomed the boys for sexual abuse out of his intimate knowledge of them and their families' and his prison sentence was meant to 'punish, protect and hopefully deter' others.

Judge Gibson said Brown's nine victims, aged between 11 and 13, said they felt 'petrified, frightened, terrified, shocked, disgusted and confused' when abused.

For 13 years between September 1968 and September 1981 the former vice principal at one of the north's top schools preyed on boys in his care.

Last month he was convicted at Downpatrick Crown Court of two charges of gross indecency and nine of indecent assault, although the jury failed to reach verdicts on four other charges.

The court heard the 'Jekyll and Hyde' pervert used religion and the esteem he was held in at school, in church and community as a cloak of respectability to prey on young boys.

The sex assaults took place during summer camps at Castlerock during induction course for the top grammar school, once during a ferry trip to Liverpool and at a swimming pool.

Some boys were sexually abused after being ordered to his bedroom for allegedly misbehaving.

There he would make them lie beside him on his bed as he touched their private parts.

One boy who threatened to tell his father was told by Brown he would tell his father he was a bad boy at camp.

Another was sexually abused at a swimming pool after going to Brown for help because he was terrified of a swimming test.

Brown, a founder member of the Scripture Union and a stalwart of the Presbyterian Church would also talk openly about sex acts, to boys during religion classes.

Victims demand answers from school

VICTIMS of Lindsay Brown's 23 years of sexual assaults today pledged to keep pressing Bangor Grammar School for an explanation of his activities.

And they revealed they have met the school's Board of Governors to hand them a list of 71 detailed questions they want answered over why Brown was able to carry on sexually assaulting boys.

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Gibson said yesterday the offences Brown was jailed for were sample counts _ it was quite clear the accused's action went beyond those which he had been convicted on.

One man, assaulted by Brown at a swimming pool when he was 12, said: 'The people here today are not the only ones assaulted by Brown. There are lots out there.

'I would say to them to come forward. I am not ashamed of what happened to me and I will tell anyone that.

'It's the stigma and shame that prevents people from coming forward.

'But it's Lindsay Brown's stigma and shame and anyone else who was abused by him should never forget that and speak out.'Another man, abused by Brown at a summer camp at Guysmere House, Castlerock, said: 'It is significant that Mr Brown has finally admitted to what he has done and in that hopefully started the healing process for him.

'We were called liars by the defence throughout the whole trial and accused in many people's eyes of putting this good man through an ordeal.

'But Brown was the liar, and if he had admitted it sooner, we would not have had to go through this awful experience. There is anger about that.

'I feel very strongly that Brown has been identified as a paedophile and I hope his prison sentence gives him time to reflect on what he has done.'

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