Teacher convicted of historic sex abuse of girl at residential school

Robert Jennings, 66, assaulted the ten-year-old at some point between 1987 and 1988 in Fife.

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A teacher has been convicted of the historical sexual abuse of a ten-year-old girl at a residential school in Fife.

Robert Jennings, 66, assaulted the victim at some point between January 25, 1987 and January 24, 1988 in the Burntisland area.

The victim came forward as an adult to report the incident to police, and Jennings was found guilty at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 21.

He will return for sentencing on Wednesday, November 17.

Detective constable Mhairi Best said: “Robert Jennings was a teacher, and in a position of trust, at the time of the abuse which has undoubtedly had a lasting impact on the victim.

“His behaviour was completely unacceptable and the victim showed tremendous courage in coming forward to the police and making sure he was held accountable for his actions.

“I hope this conviction provides a sense of closure to her and sends a clear message that no matter how long ago a crime was committed, nobody is above the law.

“Police Scotland takes all reports of sexual abuse very seriously and our specialist officers are here to provide support to victims and ensure perpetrators face justice. 

“Anyone with information regarding this type of crime can contact Police Scotland through 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”