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Prep school teacher on sex charges

A retired teacher has been charged with a catalogue of historic child sex offences allegedly involving pupils at the former school of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Christopher Jarvis, 69, is charged with 13 offences against seven boys, said Sussex Police.

The alleged victims were pupils at the independent St Peter's Preparatory School in Seaford, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, where Jarvis taught from 1962 to 1982, when it closed.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is a former pupil at the school which has an old boys' association to keep memories of it alive.

Jarvis, of Dukes Drive, Eastbourne, has been released on police bail and will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on June 27, a police spokesman said.

He was charged after police began to investigate claims in late October. Jarvis was arrested on November 5 and has been on conditional bail until being charged when he answered police bail on Monday.

A police spokesman said: "There is no evidence to suggest that any children have been recently or are currently at risk."

The charges include three counts of indecent assault on a boy, one of indecently assaulting another boy and one charge of inciting the same boy during the same period to commit gross indecency with other boys.

Jarvis is also charged with one count of inciting another boy to commit an act of gross indecency; one charge of inciting the same boy to commit gross indecency with him during the same period and two charges of indecently assaulting another boy.

Police said he faces four further charges including committing an act of gross indecency, indecent assault and gross indecency.

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