Matthew Mowbray Biography — Wiki
Matthew Mowbray is an Eton College paedophile teacher was told he had committed ‘the most gross breach of trust’ as he was jailed for five years today for late-night abuse of pupils.
He was found guilty of eight counts of s*xual activity with a child after admitting to downloading hundreds of indecent images of children.
He had run a photography club and took pictures of pupils before combining them with child abuse images to create his own indecent creations.
Matthew Mowbray Age
Matthew Mowbray is 49 years old.
Mowbray – who taught geography at the £42,000-a-year college – had been branded a ‘skillful and deceitful manipulator’ during the harrowing trial at Reading Crown Court. Judge Heather Norton told Mowbray today as she jailed him: ‘These offenses were not just committed by you when you were a teacher, they were committed by you because you were a teacher – a man who had ready access to teenage boys who relied upon you, looked up to you and trusted you.
‘In what was the grossest breach of trust, over a period of years and in respect of a number of children, you breached their trust, the trust of the families who placed their children in your care and the trust of the school which had appointed you.
‘For you, your actions brought s*xual gratification.’
Simon Henderson, the headmaster at Eton College, had paid tribute last month to the ‘extraordinary courage and dignity’ shown by his victims.
Mowbray, from Southampton, had admitted downloading hundreds of indecent images of children, as well as superimposing pupils’ faces on to the naked bodies of unknown children on his computer.
But he denied nine counts of s*xual activity with a child against four boys and one girl over a period of several years forcing the court trial to take place.
What the victims say
A jury of six men and six women found Mowbray guilty on eight of the charges and not guilty of one count of s*xual activity with a child against a girl.
Mowbray entered boys’ rooms on the pretext of discussing schoolwork before touching them for his own ‘s*xual gratification’, the court heard. The pervert, who wore a dark suit, white shirt and dark red tie, clutched a facemask in his hands and remained expressionless as the verdicts were readout.
The jury reached their verdicts after deliberating for six hours and 34 minutes.
Another victim told the court Mowbray made physical contact with him during late-night visits to his bedroom on ‘five to six occasions’.
n a statement read out in court, the victim said Mowbray came into the room ‘in the dark’ and sat on his bed while chatting to him.
He said: ‘While he was doing so he would gently put his hand down on my thigh and knee and rub his hand up and down my thigh over and over.
‘I felt really uncomfortable and just froze.’
Mowbray had previously pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children and one count of voyeurism in relation to a series of covertly filmed images showing a boy getting dressed at the school near Windsor in Berkshire.
The defendant had previously been described by an ex-pupil as a professional who helped boys ‘flourish in their careers’.
But a jury found he entered boys’ rooms late at night on the pretext of discussing school work before touching them for his own ‘s*xual gratification’.
Called as a witness in the defense case, ex-student Arthur Croft said the former geography teacher was respected by other boys at the college.
Giving evidence in court on Monday, Mr. Croft, who is also known as Archie, said: ‘I got along with him and there was no trouble.’
‘There was a tradition of dance, on one of their first evenings the new boys would have to dance in front of the rest of the boys who would shout at them. They would do it one-by-one or in pairs before a winner was crowned.
‘I do not think Mr. Mowbray liked it because of the effect it had on boys’ opinions of the new boys in the year. He made a decision that it should be outlawed on the basis it encouraged bullying – he put a stop to it,’ the former pupil told defense counsel Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC.
Another former student, Alexander Kintzer, 21, described Mowbray as a ‘parental figure’ who he could talk to about personal issues.
Giving evidence by video-link from the US, Mr. Kintzer said he is aware of the charges Mowbray has pleaded guilty to.
Mowbray has admitted downloading hundreds of indecent images of children, as well as creating pseudo-images of boys at the prestigious public school by superimposing their faces on to the naked bodies of unknown children obtained online, the court previously heard.
Mr. Kintzer said he came out as gay to Mowbray during a one-to-one meeting which he was nervous about doing because of his religious background, but he described being comfortable bringing it up with the teacher.
‘I felt comfortable talking to him about any range of issues, from personal, academic, domestic, he really acted as a parental figure,’ he added.
What we know so far
Defense counsel Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC told the court that Mowbray would not be giving evidence in the trial.
Jurors previously heard that Mowbray had made pupils ‘freeze’ and feel ‘really uncomfortable’ as he allegedly fondled them in the dark during night-time visits to their bedrooms.
In a witness statement read to jurors, one alleged victim said: ‘I felt really uncomfortable and just froze. The room was dark, the curtains were shut, and the door was closed.’
Mowbray, of Locks Heath, Southampton, was dismissed from his role at the £40,000-a-year school, near Windsor in Berkshire, following his arrest.
He had admitted six counts of making indecent images of children and one count of voyeurism.