Former teacher on the run after being jailed for historic sex crimes against Croydon pupils

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A former teacher has been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of historic sex offences when one of his victims reported his sexual assault more than a decade later.

Alan Kehoe, 53, who is still on the run after failing to appear for his trial, was convicted in his absence for numerous sex crimes when he was teaching at a Croydon school between 1994 and 1996.

Police are appealing for any other pupils who may have information on Alan Kehoe’s abuse to come forward.

He was found guilty of one count of buggery with a boy under 16, one count of causing or inciting a boy under 16 to engage in sexual activity, one count of assaulting a boy under 13 by touching and one count of adult abuse of trust causing or inciting sexual activity with a boy at Inner London Crown Court on December 21.

The offences occurred while Kehoe was a teacher at a school on Wellesley Road, Croydon.

In July 2018, one of the victims reported that Kehoe had sexually assaulted him while he was a pupil at the school.

Detectives from South Area’s Safeguarding Team launched an investigation and another victim was identified.

Other witnesses were also located who gave police more evidence of Kehoe’s grooming.

Kehoe, of Bletchley, was arrested and later charged with the offences.

Kehoe failed to appear at court for his trial and a warrant is still out for his arrest.

DC Helen Smith, who led the investigation, said: “The victims in this case have been incredibly brave in coming forward and reporting the offences Kehoe committed against them.

“The evidence that they gave in court was pivotal in securing a significant custodial sentence and they should be commended for speaking out.

“There may be others who were abused by Kehoe who until now have not felt able to tell anyone.

“Please get in touch with us – we are here to listen to you and will take what you say incredibly seriously.

“Anyone responsible for carrying out these kind of crimes should face justice, no matter how much time has passed.”

Anyone who wants to speak to police can do so by calling 101 or reporting online.

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