Scottish teacher who worked in Kenya sentenced for child sexual offences

Peter Toner
Peter Toner. Photo: Surrey Police

A Scottish teacher, who taught in Kenya for 13 years, has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after being found guilty at The Old Bailey, of four counts of indecency with a child and three counts of indecent images.

When the offences took place, between 1987 and 1993, 60-year-old Peter Toner was teaching at St John’s Beaumount Preparatory School, Old Windsor.

The trial, which concluded on Wednesday (6 June) heard how Toner’s actions had had an effect on the two victims, and how they would always have to live with his actions.

Detective Constable Helen Flower, who investigated the case said:

“Toner completely abused his authority as a teacher, and abused his victims trust for his own gain, which is utterly disgraceful. When we arrested Toner, we found him to be in possession of indecent images which he was also charged for.

“I would strongly urge everyone that it is never too late to report sexual assault to us. If you have been sexually assaulted, no matter when it happened, and no matter what the circumstances are, please contact us.”

Toner had previously worked at Peponi School in Kenya from 2000 to 2013 where he taught science.