January 2018

Former deputy head admits indecently assaulting pupil

A former deputy head teacher at Murray’s Road Primary School who indecently assaulted a pupil on a number of occasions in the 1970s has been given a conditional discharge.

72-year-old Anthony Robert Archibald, of Southlands Crescent in Port Erin, pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared at Douglas courthouse today.

Sentencing Archibald, Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes said the circumstances surrounding the case were ‘extremely unusual’, adding the sentence in no way minimised the complaint brought.

The court heard Archibald had been convicted of other offences from the time in 2005, which were brought by a number of complainants and were described by the prosecution as ‘almost identical’.

He had been handed a 30-month prison sentence and spent time on the sex offenders’ register.

The current complaint had been brought by a man as part of the rehabilitation he’s going through – having been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder – as a way of helping to get closure for what Archibald had done.

He had put his hands down the front of his victim’s shorts, touching his genitals, on a number of occasions – the boy was eight years old at the time.