Ex-teacher jailed for abusing boy
A FORMER teacher at a Bristol school has been jailed for ten years after he was found guilty of a series of sexual offences against a boy.
Keith Ruby, 36, of Axbridge, who was also an amateur rugby coach, was convicted of 16 sexual offences against the teenage victim, who cannot be identified.
Ruby was initially charged with 20 offences, dating from between 2005 and 2006. He denied them all but, after a two-week trial last month, a jury at Taunton Crown Court found him guilty of 16 of the offences, which included sexual activity with a child.
On Friday he was jailed and banned from working with children for life.
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Ruby used to teach at independent school St Ursula's in Westbury-on-Trym, which has since closed. A primary school, St Ursula's E-Act Academy, has since been opened on the site after it was bought by the city council but is not connected to the old St Ursula's.
He also taught at Sidcot School in Winscombe, a Quaker-linked boarding school.
A statement issued after the case by Sidcot School said staff and pupils were "shocked and saddened" and that the offences had taken place after Ruby had left the school.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Kelvey, who led the investigation, praised the "tremendous courage" of the victim and his family in coming forward to the police.
Mr Kelvey said: "I hope this will encourage other children and young people who have been similarly abused to come forward."