A former scout leader and teacher in Enfield has been convicted of sexually abusing three boys during a 16-year period.

A former scout leader and teacher in Enfield has been convicted of sexually abusing three boys during a 16-year period.

Peter Wells, 72 (08.07.46) of Sheldon Close, Cheshunt, was convicted on Tuesday, 27 November of seven counts of indecent assault and five of gross indecency after a two-week trial at Wood Green Crown Court.

All the offences took place during a period from 1974 to 1992. The victims were aged between eight and 13 years old.

Former Teacher

The court heard that Wells carried out the sexual abuse when he was employed as a teacher at Keble Preparatory school in Enfield and when he was a scout leader within the district of Edmonton in the 1970s, and also as an athletics coach for Enfield and Haringey Athletics.

Detectives in the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences (CASO) unit began an investigation in March 2017 after one of the victims reported the incidents to police. Subsequent police enquiries revealed two other victims who were also approached and willing to assist police in this investigation.

The three victims subsequently attended a north London police station and video interviews were carried out.

The first victim, who is now in his 50s, reported that Wells had taken an “unhealthy interest” in him when he was a pupil at Keble Preparatory School.

He told detectives that Wells had abused him on a number of occasions on school trips and after athletics sessions during a seven-year period.

A second pupil said Wells abused him over a four-year period during his time at the school.

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The victim, now in his 40s, said Wells put his hand inside his clothing an inappropriately touched him on numerous occasions.

The third victim, also in his 50s, said Wells abused him during his short time as a cub scout whilst Wells was a scout leader.

Wells was arrested on 24 March 2017. In a police interview, he denied the allegations of sexual abuse.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on Friday, 7 December.

Abuse of power

Detective Constable Keith Kimberley, of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said, “Wells abused his position of trust as a teacher, scout leader and an athletics coach by sexually abusing boys in his care.

“It is clear from the victim’s testimony that Wells was a predatory sex offender who abused the boys on occasions such as school trips when they were separated from their friends and family. I am glad that Wells will now face the consequences of his actions.

“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.”