An Oxford-educated and married man sexually abused four students aged between 13 and 16 and had sex with one girl on his wife’s wedding dress.
Ball covered his face when he arrived at court for his sentencing
In another school he asked the girl to dress up in her “schoolgirl outfit and fishnets”, so he could indecent photos of her, later police seized 678 images. While grooming his victim he reportedly proposed to her and bought her a ring.
On of the girls fron the Giggleswick said the ‘she feels guilt and sadness that it took her 12 years to tell the truth and in those 12 years someone else got hurt’.
A second Giggleswick pupil felt ‘robbed of her childhood’ and ‘angry’ at the school.
Judge Sean Enright, sentencing Ball 12 years, said: “These offences were all about satisfying your fantasies. There was never anything in it for the girls.”
He was found guilty of sexually abusing three girls at his former school, Giggleswick School in Settle, North Yorkshire, and one more girl while he was director of music at Kimbolton School near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.