Christ’s Hospital School child sex abuse arrests

Four former teachers at a prestigious West Sussex boarding school have been charged with serious sexual offences including rape against 15 pupils across a 16-year period. The accused, all men in their 60s and 70s who taught at Christ’s Hospital school near Horsham, face 36 alleged offences stretching back to 1980.

The four are: Gary Dobbie (66), James Husband (67), Ajaz Karim (62) and Peter Webb (74). They will appear at Crawley magistrates court on 9 August.

Christ’s Hospital charges boarders about £32,500 a year. Sir Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, and the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge are among its former pupils.

Switalskis Child Abuse Claims team have been aware of allegations against staff at the school and can assist in civil claims.

Paul Durkin Solicitor at Switalskis is now calling for any further witnesses or abuse survivors to come forward with any information they might have.

Paul commented: “If anyone knows anything about this case or remembers Mr Webb and the other staff, I am asking them to come forward so that we can acquire any important information. Anyone who worked at or attended Christ’s Hospital School during the 1980s and 1990s please contact us in confidence on 0800 138 4700 or email me.” Click here to email Paul.