Former Salisbury Cathedral School teacher charged with sex offences

A retired teacher will appear in court next year accused of sexually assaulting boys at the prestigious Salisbury Cathedral School.

Piers Le Cheminant, 75, has been served with a summons over alleged incidents between 1960 and 1985.

He is accused of sexually assaulting five boys at the school in the 1980s.

Salisbury Cathedral School dates back more than 900 years and is located beneath the spire of the famous cathedral.

It is one of the oldest educational establishments in the world and was founded in 1091 by St Osmund, nephew of William the Conqueror and Bishop of Salisbury.

Le Cheminant, of Spitchwick Manor, Poundsgate, Newton Abbot, Devon, is also accused of indecently assaulting 10 boys at Oakwood Preparatory School, Chichester, between 1960 and 1980.

He has been ordered to face Worthing Magistrates’ Court on February 2.

The prosecution follows an investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit.

The probe followed information received for the first time in 2017 and officers worked in co-operation with colleagues at Wiltshire Police.

Police emphasise the allegations relate to a period ending more than 35 years ago, and have no connection with any current or recent staff, management or pupils at the schools.

Current management at both schools have given full co-operation throughout the investigation, Sussex Police said.

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