Former school head who abused boys in his care could face life sentence

Bryan Greenhalgh ANL-140703-095047001
Bryan Greenhalgh ANL-140703-095047001
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A former school headteacher could face a life sentence after admitting a string of sexual offences dating back to the 1970s.

Bryan Greenhalgh, 63, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery at Norwich Crown Court on Thursday last week.

The charges related to eight male victims under the age of 16.

The majority of the offences took place at two former independent schools in south Lincolnshire and north Norfolk between 1976 and 1984.

We are unable to name either of the schools for legal reasons.

Greenhalgh, previously of Suffield near North Walsham, Norfolk, was remanded in custody to reappear at Norwich Crown Court on Friday, May 23.

He was warned by Judge Nicholas Coleman that there was a “real risk” of a life sentence.

The investigating officer, Det Con Tristan Coull, of Norfolk Constabulary’s child abuse investigation unit, 
said: “Greenhalgh is a dangerous individual who exploited his position as headmaster to win over the trust of the boys in his care and subjected them to horrendous abuse.

“He clearly preyed on boys who were at their most vulnerable and who at the time of the abuse felt unable to speak out as he appeared to be an upstanding pillar of the community.

“Through the position he held, it would have been the most basic of expectations to protect these children, instead he chose to do the complete opposite.”

Where charges are brought for historic offences, the law applicable at the time of the offence is used.

This is why Greenhalgh was charged with buggery rather than the modern equivalent charge of rape.