Former Felixstowe teacher and scout leader Michael Costin found guilty of historic sex offences

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12th Feb 2024 | Local News

Michael Costin (Picture: Met Police)
Michael Costin (Picture: Met Police)

A former Felixstowe teacher and scout leader faces further jail time after being found guilty of historic sex offences.

Michael Costin, 59, who was a geography teacher at Orwell High School in Felixstowe and volunteered with First Kirton Sea Scouts, denied eight counts of sexual abuse on nine children between 1989 and 1994.

However he was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault on a child at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London. 

The court heard how, victims came forward between 2017 and 2023 and told police of the sexual abuse they faced while Costin abused his position as a scout leader.

Some described how they were sexually assaulted while they slept at camps, received "love letters" and were forced to perform sexual acts.

He pleaded guilty in June last year to 14 counts of indecent assault on a child in relation to crimes in the Romford area.

At the time he was already in prison for other sexual offences committed in the Oxford area between 2007 and 2010.

Detective Chief Inspector Tariq Farooqi, of the Met Police, said: "I firstly want to acknowledge the bravery of the victims, whose courage has been unwavering. What they had to go through as children is deeply upsetting and I hope the verdict helps in some way in providing closure to both the victims and families.

"Costin is a predator who attempted to deny many of the allegations against him – which officers spent countless hours working to disprove through the vital interviews and evidence gathering.

"I hope this result demonstrates we'll do all that we can to protect vulnerable children and tackle sexual violence. Our message to victims is clear – please come forward and you'll be listened to and supported, no matter how long ago a crime occurred."

     

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