March 2014

Ex-headmaster jailed for sexual abuse on boys


A former headmaster has been jailed for indecently assaulting two boys.

Jeffrey Carney, of Burney Bit, Pamber Heath, Hampshire, admitted assaulting a 13-year-old former pupil in the 1970s and a boy aged nine or 10 in 1988.

He continued abusing the second boy until he was 15, Reading Crown Court was told.

Carney, 76, who has terminal prostate cancer, was jailed for 16 months. The court heard he was jailed for 15 months in 2003 for similar offences.

Carney had met his younger victim while volunteering at a charity for disadvantaged children, the court was told.

The prosecution said the boy’s family came to trust Carney, who was then the head teacher at Saint Sebastian’s School in Wokingham.

Prosecuting, Russell Pyne, said Carney invited the boy to stay at his home over Christmas and shared a bed with him.

“The sexual activity began more or less immediately,” he said.

Six of the seven counts of indecent assault were against that boy.

The other count was against the 13-year-old, who Carney touched when he worked as a teacher in Shinfield.

Defending, Andrew Storch said Carney had been a “novice monk” in the Anglican Franciscan Order for a year until 1979.

“Since retiring he has lived out his Christian faith and is agonized over what he did in the past,” Mr Storch said.

Carney wrote cards asking forgiveness and expressing remorse to the younger boy’s mother after she confronted him in 2007, the court was told.

Mr Storch said Carney was diagnosed with the cancer in 2011 and the side effects of oestrogen hormone implants meant Carney “had no sex drive at all”.

Judge Grainger said the “extremely serious offences” had led him to jail Carney whose behaviour he described as “appalling”.

January 2014

Former deputy head faces jail after admitting abusing young boys


A former deputy headteacher has admitted seven charges of indecent assault against young boys.

Jeffrey Carney, 76, appeared before Reading Crown Court on Monday where he heard he would almost certainly be facing a prison sentence.

The former deputy head of Coley Park Primary School, who was also a church counsellor, had already admitted the charges against boys of about 10 and 11 years old between 1977 and 1992, when he appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on Tuesday, December 17.

He had denied six corresponding charges of gross indecency which barrister Charles Ward-Jackson told the court on Monday the Crown Prosecution Service had since decided to drop.

Judge Peter Ross adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report.

He warned Carney, of Burney Bit, Pamber Heath, Hampshire, to be prepared for jail when he returns to the same court for sentencing on Monday, January 27.

Carney, who was also a former headteacher at St Sebastian School in Wokingham, received a three-year community rehabilitation order and was ordered to enrol on a sex offender’s treatment programme when he appeared at Reading Crown Court on separate charges in June 2003.

Then, he admitted indecently assaulting one boy between 1976 and 1980 and another teenager in the late 1990s.

October 2003 

Sex offender who ‘got off’ is sent to prison after all

A former Church of England headmaster and councillor who thought he had escaped jail for sexually abusing two boys was ordered yesterday to serve 15 months in prison.

He was told to report to Basingstoke police station in Hampshire today to start his sentence.

Jeffrey Carney, 66, of Burney Bit, Pamber Heath, Hants, received a three-year community rehabilitation order at Reading Crown Court in June. But the Court of Appeal ruled that the order was “unduly lenient”.

Carney pleaded guilty to three offences of indecent assault against the boys, who were the sons of friends.

The altar boy, who said he had been “cheated” of his childhood, was abused for four years from 1976 when he was 11 and serving at the church where Carney was a member of the congregation.

Carney was headteacher at St Sebastian’s School in Wokingham from 1983 to 1997. Carney was also a deputy head at Coley Park Primary in the 1970s.

October 2003

Paedophile Headmaster Is Jailed Thanks to One-Woman Campaign

A PERVERT headmaster was jailed yesterday after a former colleague single-handedly fought to have his “soft” sentence increased.

Jeffrey Carney had been given a community rehabilitation order at a crown court despite admitting sexually abusing young boys.

But three appeal judges ordered him to be locked up for 15 months after teacher Marilyn Hawes launched a campaign to put him behind bars for his sick crimes.

Carney was one of 11 sex offenders whose sentences were yesterday ruled to be too lenient by the Appeal Court.

The 65-year-old must hand himself over to police today to begin his jail term.

Mum-of-four Mrs Hawes wept as the judges delivered their verdict.