Eton teacher convicted of sexually abusing 10-year-old child

February 9, 2011 | by

A teacher who worked at Eton College while Prince Harry was a pupil is facing jail after being convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl.

Eton teacher convicted of sexually abusing 10-year-old

Vile David Rachel, 45, who coached the rowing team at the elite establishment, abused the girl when he was a teenager.

Rachel, who also coached the junior British rowing team, was found guilty at Warwick Crown Court of four counts of indecent assault in the early 1980s when he was a teenager living in Solihull, West Mids.

He was cleared of one count of indecent assault and two charges of rape against the girl, who is now in her 30s.

She told the court she had tried to tell a teacher about the abuse but her pleas for help were ignored.

The woman finally plucked up the courage to report Rachel to the police in 2009 after she discovered Rachel was a rowing coach at Eton.

She told the court: “It alarmed me that he had contact with children.”

The victim called the school, whose former pupils include Olympic rower Sir Matthew Pinsent, and told deputy head Dr Bob Stephenson about the abuse.

When Dr Stephenson confronted him, Rachel admitted there had been “exploration of a semi-sexual nature” with the girl, but no penetration.

Giving evidence, Rachel denied indecently assaulting the girl but said they had “kissed on a couple of occasions out of curiosity”.

He admitted he exposed himself to her after he had been circumcised before his Bar Mitzvah and she asked why he had been in hospital.

Rachel taught rowing at Eton from 2001 – while Prince Harry was a pupil – but left in 2009 after the allegations came to light.

He was arrested last January and charged charged with two counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault against a child.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report. Rachel, from Maidenhead, Berks., was bailed and ordered not to contact his victim.

Judge Christopher Hodson, who ordered Rachel to register with the police as a sex offender, warned him: “That is no promise to you whatsoever as to what the sentence will be.

“These are serious matters, in view of the tender age of the girl.”

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