September 1998

Child rapist teacher is jailed for 15 years

A TEACHER who systematically raped and abused children in his care was jailed for 15 years yesterday.

Deputy headmaster Stuart Lindsay, 50, preyed on vulnerable pupils at two special schools during a 16-year reign of terror.

Twice he was cleared by police investigations, and was only caught last year after he confessed to a psychotherapist.

At Leeds Crown Court he admitted raping three girls, indecently assaulting another 16 and one charge of gross indecency against a boy.

Jailing Lindsay, Judge Arthur Myerson, QC, told him: ‘Over this long period of years, and for your own sexual gratification, you have preyed upon children entrusted to your care.’ While maintaining the image of a respected teacher and happily-married family man, Lindsay left many of his victims, aged five to 15, emotionally scarred for life.

Children did not report him because they feared him and did not think they would be believed.

Gerald Lumley, prosecuting, said all three rapes occurred between 1979 and 1986 when Lindsay was teaching at Round-hay special school, in Leeds.

A girl of 12 was raped in bushes during a school trip and again on a dormitory floor. The second victim was assaulted in the school van and the third raped in a store cupboard at school and allegedly again on a camping trip.

Between 1986 and 1997 Lindsay, of Headingley, Leeds, worked at Fearnville special school – which has since closed – as a teacher and PE instructor, and was promoted to deputy head.

While there he carried out sex assaults on girls aged five to 11.