August 2013

Paedophile ex-teacher caged for 14 years after admitting assaulting boys as young as nine

Mervyn-Rush

A paedophile ex- teacher has been jailed for 14 years after admitting 18 sex attacks against boys aged as young as nine.

Mervyn Rush, 68, was originally charged in 1999 but went on the run while he was waiting to go on trial.

He was finally arrested in France earlier this year and was extradited back to the UK to face charges over the offences, which took place between 1973 and 1977.

Science teacher Rush, formerly of Dorking, Surrey, worked at a school in Norfolk, which cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard that the charges – which involved 12 different victims – were only ‘specimen’ counts that represented years of abuse of a group of ‘special’ boys aged under 16 at the school.

One boy claimed he had been attacked 20 times by the father-of-three.

Rush, who wore glasses, an open necked shirt and blazer in court, showed no emotion as details of his abuse were read out.

Prosecutor Stephen Spence revealed that Rush would sexually assault boys in his bed after they had brought him a cup of tea and that he would take them for drives in one of his luxury cars.

Prosecutor Stephen Spence told the court: “Mr Rush had a group of special boys and it was seen as something of a privilege to be part of that group.

“The group was made up of the more popular boys and it involved certain perks.”

One of these “perks” was to bring Rush a cup of tea in the morning. The boys would visit his room in pyjamas and he would invite them to get into bed to keep warm before sexually assaulting them, Mr Spence added.

Rush had a collection of sports cars including a Lotus, an Austin Healey and a E-Type Jaguar and he would invite boys out for drives with him.

He would also invite his victims, who were aged between nine and 16 and cannot be named, to stay up late to watch television.

Sentencing him, judge Stephen Holt said: “You were at the centre of a special group and all the boys wanted to join that group.

“You were in a position of trust and were eventually brought to justice because of the concern that one of your victims had about what you may still be doing to children.”

Rush, formerly of Dorking, Surrey, pleaded guilty to seven counts of buggery and 11 of indecent assault against boys aged under 16.

He denied 24 further charges which the prosecution will not proceeded with.

One victim told police: “All this at 13 seemed very attractive to me and when I was asked by another boy if I wanted to join the group, I accepted.

“The first time I was invited to his room he produced a magazine – I think it was Mayfair – and asked us what I thought.

“Most of the boys seemed used to this but I was totally shocked.”

Other boys spoke of being left out of an “unknown club” and they felt lucky when invited to join.

The attacks came to light years later after rumours about Rush’s behaviour circulated around the county and victims became aware of the fact they were not alone, the court heard.

More victims came forward after news of Rush’s extradition was reported in the media.

Eleanor Laws, mitigating, said Rush was fully aware of the consequences of his offending and of his attempts to avoid justice.

She added: “He could have stayed and faced the music many years ago and he could have not resisted extradition after his arrest.

“He puts forward no excuse for what he did all those years ago.

“Since the offences he has lived a productive life. He has been a good father and husband and has tried to do good things.”