Bosham teacher appeals child abuse conviction

Jonathan O'Brien. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Jonathan O'Brien. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

A TEACHER is appealing his conviction for 20 sex offences against boys in the 1980s.

Jonathan O’Brien, 56, of Fairfield Road, Bosham, stood trial last year and was found guilty by a jury on December 19.

He was due to be sentenced tomorrow (February 7) at Chichester Crown Court.

However, the court said today (February 6) he was appealing the conviction and his sentencing had been cancelled.

The Court of Appeal confirmed it had received an application from O’Brien.

The alleged offences took place at two private schools – Winterfold House School, near Kidderminster, and The Oratory, near Reading.

Police first arrested O’Brien at his Bosham home on December 2, 2012.

Throughout the trial he maintained his innocence describing the allegations as ‘preposterous’.

In December, the jury found him guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault on boys and five counts of gross indecency. He was acquitted of two offences of indecent assault.