Peter Wells, of Sheldon Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, a former scout leader, and teacher at Keble Preparatory School, Winchmore Hill, Enfield, London was found guilty of sexual abuse. He was found guilty of abusing boys between 1974 and 1992. The 3 boys were aged between 8 and 13 years.
In addition to being a teacher at Keble School, Enfield, Peter Wells was a scout leader in the district of Edmonton, in the 1970’s. He was also an athletics coach at Enfield and Harringey Athletics.
The police investigation began in March 2017. Following the initial complaint, other victims of Peter Wells were identified by the investigation. Peter Wells denied the allegations when interviewed by the police.
How Many Sexual Offences Was Peter Wells Convicted of?
Peter Wells was found guilty at Wood Green Crown Court on the 27 November 2018. He was convicted of 7 counts of indecent assault and 5 counts of gross indecency after a two week trial.
How Long Was Peter Wells Sentenced For?
Peter Wells was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, at Wood Green Crown Court, on 7 December 2018.
Detective Constable Keith Kimberley, of the Metropolitan Police's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “The lengthy prison sentence handed to Wells reflects the long-lasting impact of the sexual abuse, which took place over the course of 16 years.
“I would like to commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward and reporting this abuse.
“This conviction shows that it is never too late to report sexual offences and I would urge anyone affected by this investigation to come forward and speak to police.”
A representative of the NSPCC said: “But due, in part, to their tremendous courage he will spend a long time behind bars when he probably thought he’d got away with his vile crimes.
“Sexual abuse is never the fault of the victim and it is never too late to speak out.”
Was Peter Wells Convicted of Further Sexual Offences?
Following the first police investigation, which began in March 2017, other victims came forward, which resulted in further charges against Peter Wells. He pleaded guilty to further charges in July 2021 and was due to be sentenced for these further offences, at Wood Green Crown Court, on 2 September 2021. However, the sentencing hearing was delayed to the following day, to proceed at Hendon Magistrates Court. Unfortunately, due to difficulties at the court on the 3 September, the hearing was delayed again, proceeding on Friday 10 September 2021 at Wood Green Crown Court.
On the 10 September 2021, it was recorded that Peter Wells carried out further sexual abuse when he was employed as a teacher, between 1977 and 1986. He admitted to 2 counts of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14, and 5 counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14.
On 10 September the judge handed down an additional 12 months imprisonment, to run concurrent with the original sentence, in respect of these offences against two other boys.
What did the Police say after the further convictions of Peter Wells?
Detective Constable Keith Kimberley said: “I am in no doubt that this man is a dangerous sexual predator and he poses an ongoing threat to children.
“He caused unforgivable trauma to the children he abused and the only appropriate way for him to spend the next years of his life is in prison, and away from the general public.
“As far as we can be sure of, Wells offended over a period of several decades and my respect goes out to the victims and their families who were put through so much.
“The Public Protection teams across the Met work relentlessly to identify sexual offenders and prevent any harm coming to potential victims. In cases where predators gain access to victims and carry out abuse, we are also here to ensure they face justice.”