Former Scots teacher jailed

A FORMER teacher of The Scots PGC College in Warwick who sexually abused four students has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Anthony Bruce Spencer, 64, pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court this morning to three charges of indecent treatment and six charges of indecent assault.

The court was told that between 1968 and 1972, when Spencer was a teacher at Scots he molested four boys aged 11 to 16.

He lured the boys from the playground into his on-campus bedroom on the pretext of discussing school sports matters, the court was told.

"In the victim impact statement, each spoke of a betrayal of trust," Crown prosecutor Belinda Merrin told the court.

"They were at school and expected to be protected by adults.

"He abused that trust for his own sexual gratification."

The court was told Spencer had a history of sex crimes and had made efforts to rehabilitate himself with counselling.

Ms Merrin said Spencer was released on parole just last week after serving nine months of a one-year sentence in NSW for another sex offence, committed at All Saints College in Bathurst and involving a 14 year old student.

"The behaviour continued when he left Scots College and went to NSW," she said.

Judge Mick Noud handed Spencer a combined sentence of three-and-a-half years. He will be eligible for parole in 10 months.

He said it was a serious case that had long-term consequences for the victims but acknowledged Spencer's efforts to rehabilitate himself.

"Apart from these matters, significant though they are, you have led a life one can not take issue with," Judge Noud said.

Spencer will be eligible for parole in March 2011.

He is the third former Scots teacher to have been charged within the last two years over sex abuse of students in the 1970s.
 



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