Victims of convicted Scottish sex offender who taught in Kenya call for full investigation into his past

Peter Toner
Peter Toner. Photo: Surrey Police

Several victims of former teacher Peter Toner have urged authorities to investigate the convicted sex offender’s past, including his time teaching at a boarding school in Kenya, following his latest conviction.

In June, the 61-year-old from Glasgow, was found guilty of sexually abusing two pupils at a private Catholic boarding school in Old Windsor, Berkshire, during the 1980s.

Last week, he was convicted of sexually abusing five boys, as well as assaulting a sixth while he was house master at the former St Columba’s College in Largs, Ayrshire in the early 1980’s.

When he was arrested at Heathrow Airport on July 5, 2015, while returning to the UK from Oman, detectives found a USB stick with 16 videos of child sex and seven images in his possession. He also had 123 videos of children sex and animals, 26 other images of children posing naked and 197 others that did not show sexual activity.

Toner was sentenced to three and a half years after he was found guilty at The Old Bailey, of four counts of indecency with a child and three counts of indecent images. He will be sentenced after being found guilty for the latest charges, which he denied, in March.

Speaking at the time of the first conviction, 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.”

Toner taught science at Peponi school – a private school in Kenya – from 2000 for 13 years.

The School wrote to parents of almost 400 pupils last year after they discovered he had been charged with sexual abuse at the English boarding school.

“We have recently been informed that Mr Peter Toner (who was a teacher at this school between 2000 and 2013) has been convicted of offences committed at another preparatory school in the UK in the 1980s, following his arrest in 2015.

“Our records indicate that appropriate checks were made prior to Mr Toner’s appointment and safeguarding checks continued to be made during his employment as is the case of every member of staff.

“We are appalled by the events of the past and it is saddening to see many cases across the world of historic child abuse, especially when those took place in schools. There is no place in society for abuse, particularly by those in positions of power. We admire the courage of those who came forward to report it,” the letter read.

Before hiring Toner in 2000, prior to his offending being reported, the school said they carried out all the appropriate checks.

According to the Herald Scotland newspaper, Poponi House headteacher Robert Blake said this week that he believes no abuse took place during the 13 years Toner was there as a teacher.

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