A former Met police chief has been jailed for life after been found guilty of 17 sexual offences including raping a teenage boy. Philip Gaisford, who taught scuba diving to children from a number of Croydon schools,was convicted by a jury at Lewes Crown Court yesterday afternoon. He was also found guilty of possessing indecent images of children. The 64-year-old former chief suoerintendent in the Metropolitan Police, who now lives in East Sussex, has been on trial since mid-April charged with 33 sex offences. They were alleged to have taken place between 1997 and 2004 in Caterham or in Crowborough. The scuba diving teacher, who gave private tuition to many young people at his Caterham pool, admitted having affairs with teenage boys but always denied any of the males were under-age or that the sex acts were consensual. The jury previously heard how some of his students at his scuba school called him 'Paedo Phil' and how Gaisford had lavished teenage boys with gifts. In total he denied nine offences of indecent assault, two of rape, one count of indecency with a child, four of sexual activity with a child, four sexual assaults, three attempted sexual assaults and ten counts of possession of indecent photos and videos. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been ordered to serve 12 years minimum before being elegible to apply for parole.
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