91 year old Marcus Marcussen has today been jailed for 9 years for historic sexual offences against boys during his time at a Weoley school and youth club.
Marcussen was found guilty of 25 out of 30 counts of sexual assault between 1957 and 1978 on Tuesday after a three week long trial. The 30 charges brought related to incidents involving 15 boys aged under 16 at the time of the offences.
Police launched an appeal for witnesses and victims to come forward after Marcussen was charged with sexual assault on an initial complainant. The man, now aged 54, reported that he had been abused by Marcussen during and after PE lessons at Ilmington Road Comprehensive School (now closed) from the age of 12.
Several new witnesses bravely came forward to report that they had been sexually assaulted by Marcussen, both at Ilmington Road Comprehensive School and the Square Club youth club which he ran.
The court heard that boys were forced to swim naked and Marcussen would use the excuse of checking to see if they were dry to sexually abuse them while they stood on a chair. The PE teacher also used a whalebone to hit and intimidate boys.
Today, at Birmingham Crown Court, a judge sentenced Marcussen to 9 years in prison. The Birmingham Mail reports that defence counsel said in court that a jail sentence for Marcussen makes him the oldest person in the UK ever to be handed a jail sentence for the first time.
Following the guilty finding on Tuesday, West Midlands Police DI Ian Ingram from Birmingham’s Sexual Offences Team said: “At the time of offending, Marcussen abused the position he was in and sexually assaulted these young boys, who he was supposed to be supervising.
“His victims were left traumatised by what happened and continue to suffer to this day, but have shown commendable courage to draw a line under the abuse they suffered as children and to see their attacker face justice.”
DI Ingram added: “We have Public Protection officers who are specially trained to deal sensitively and compassionately with victims; they are able to support and guide them every step of the way from initial report to court conclusion.
“We will always take reports of sexual abuse seriously – and victims needn’t worry that offences occurred many years ago because, as cases like this show, we can still build compelling cases against offenders.
“I would urge anyone who has suffered abuse, no matter how long ago, to contact West Midlands Police so we can investigate and I hope today’s sentence serves to help anyone else who may find themselves in a similar situation to have the courage to come forward and report abuse.
“We have a range of support services available from the police and a raft of other agencies. We have specially trained and experienced officers who can offer practical advice and support in all aspects of sexual and domestic abuse.”
West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit can be contacted on 101, whilst the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) can be contacted on 0808 801 0331 and www.napac.org.uk
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