Perfect Ed Sheeran
13 February 2015, 12:45
A former Birmingham PE teacher has been jailed for nine years for sexually assaulting children at a school he taught at more than 40 years ago.
The 91-year-old from Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life after being found guilty of 25 counts of sexual assault at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday 10 February.
Marcussen was charged with abusing 15 young boys from the former Ilmington Comprehensive School in Weoley Castle and a nearby youth club between the 1950s and 1970s.
Police began an investigation after one of his victims, now aged 54, found the courage to report the appalling abuse he had inflicted upon him.
Officers were told that the man had been sexually abused by Marcussen during and after PE lessons from the age of 12, when he started as a pupil at the school.
Enquiries found Marcussen had taught at the school for his entire teaching career spanning 45 years. The school was demolished in 1985.
Officers interviewed and charged Marcussen with indecent assault.
Police urged any other members of the public who had information to aid the investigation into the offences to contact them.
This resulted in a number of other former pupils contacting police to report assaults while at the school and also while attending a local youth club in Weoley Castle that Marcussen ran.
Police questioned Marcussen again, who in interview maintained the allegations were fabricated and denied them. However, he was further charged in total with 30 counts of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency against boys under 16, between 1957-1978.
Detective Inspector Ian Ingram from Birmingham’s Sexual offences Team, said: "At the time of offending, Marcussen abused the position he was in and sexually assaulted these young boys, who he was supposed to be supervising.
"His victims were left traumatised by what happened and continue to suffer to this day, but have shown commendable courage to draw a line under the abuse they suffered as children and to see their attacker face justice."
DI Ingram added: "We have Public Protection officers who are specially trained to deal sensitively and compassionately with victims; they are able to support and guide them every step of the way from initial report to court conclusion.
"We will always take reports of sexual abuse seriously - and victims needn’t worry that offences occurred many years ago because, as cases like this show, we can still build compelling cases against offenders.
"I would urge anyone who has suffered abuse, no matter how long ago, to contact West Midlands Police so we can investigate and I hope today’s sentence serves to help anyone else who may find themselves in a similar situation to have the courage to come forward and report abuse."