West Midlands PE Teacher Guilty Of Historical Sexual Abuse
10 February 2015, 17:27 | Updated: 10 February 2015, 18:07
A former PE teacher at a West Midlands school has been found guilty of sexually abusing boys in the 1950s, 60s and 70.
Marcus Marcussen, from Worcestershire, could now be facing jail after a jury found him guilty of 23 indecent assaults on 12 boys.
The attacks happened while he worked at Ilmington Comprehensive School in Weoley Castle.
He was described during a three-week trial as a "sadistic'' bully.
After his conviction Detective Inspector Ian Ingram from West Midlands police 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."
Marcussen was arrested in 2012 after a victim reported the historical abuse, he could now be given 10 years in prison, when sentenced on Friday.
DI Ingram added: "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.
"We have a range of support services available from the police and a raft of other agencies. We have specially trained and experienced officers who can offer practical advice and support in all aspects of sexual and domestic abuse."