- Charles Napier conducted ‘abuse campaign’ at school where he worked
- 67-year-old groomed and assaulting 21 victims aged as young as eight
- Napier, of Dorset, earned nickname ‘rapier Napier’ at school, court hears
- He said when interviewed that he felt ‘ghastly’ and ‘desperately sorry’
- Napier is half-brother of Conservative MP for Maldon, John Whittingdale
The half-brother of a senior Conservative MP was today jailed for 13 years for carrying out hundreds of sexual assaults on young boys.
Former teacher Charles Napier, 67, who is related to Maldon MP John Whittingdale, conducted a ‘campaign of abuse’ at the school where he worked in the late 1960s and early 1970s, grooming and assaulting 21 victims aged as young as eight on scores of occasions.
Last month he pleaded guilty to 28 counts of indecent assault – including many covering ‘multiple incidents’ – and one indecency charge in relation to those crimes.
Today he admitted a further two separate historic allegations of indecent assault against two 13-year-old boys after he left the school, the first in 1979 and the second in 1983.
Napier stared straight ahead and betrayed no emotion as Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith sentenced him at Southwark Crown Court in London.
Napier joined the school, which cannot be named, after leaving university and when he was arrested last year he told police he already knew he was a paedophile at that time.
The judge said: ‘I have no doubt that … you sought that post because of the proximity you would have to boys.
‘Within a very short time you were grooming those you had chosen, using the techniques of charm, flattery and the abuse of your power. The number of indecent assaults must be into the hundreds.’
The judge said some of the victims’ lives had been ‘dramatically damaged’.
He added: ‘These offences…were committed by someone who had a special duty of care and who gravely abused that duty by grooming them for his own purposes.’