A Somerset man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after he admitting indecently assaulting boys under the age of 14.
Glyn Davies, of Fir Tree Close, Bridgwater, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court yesterday (December 20) following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
Detectives from the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation after they were contacted by two men, who said that they had been assaulted by a private drama teacher in the 1980s.
Despite having used aliases, detectives identified Davies as having used the name Glen Knowles to run The Glen Knowles Drama Schools and Clubs in the Coulsdon and Hampton Hill areas.
Davies, 71, was also known to have run drama schools in the Kent area and may have run other clubs in the South London area.
He was arrested on February 10 and charged on September 29 with two multiple counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14.
In addition to his jail sentence, Davies was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Detective constable Helen Lawson, who led the investigation, said: “Davies abused a position of trust and due to the large amount of children who attended his classes there are concerns that there may be other victims who are yet to come forward.
“Davies also used the surnames Knowles, Krauss and Krauss-Davies during the 1980s. I would urge anyone who is yet to speak with police to contact us.”
Anyone with information along these lines should contact officers via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Davies is guilty of a serious breach of trust. He was trusted by his pupils and their parents to put their welfare first.
“Instead he used different names to continue his offending. It is concerning there may be more victims to come forward who are struggling to come to terms with their experiences.
“This case shows it is never too late to report abuse and it is vital victims seek justice.
“With the right support, they can turn their lives around and step out from the shadow of their ordeal.”
Anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. Children can call Childline on 0800 1111.