Teacher ‘filmed sex abuse in class’

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 December 2010 | UPDATED: 10:23 17 December 2010

North Somerset Courthouse

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A 50-YEAR-OLD Weston primary school teacher has appeared in court to face allegations that he filmed himself abusing a girl in his classroom.

Court rules mean the Mercury is not allowed to name the man or the school where he has worked for 15 years, but we can reveal he is facing four separate charges.

North Somerset Courthouse prosecutors yesterday charged him with two counts of abusing a position of trust, and two of sexually assaulting a girl aged six to eight.

He was arrested on Monday after a seven-year-old pupil told her parents he had been touching her inappropriately in class.

Thirty officers assigned to the case – which has been declared a ‘major incident’ by police – searched his home, computer and classroom.

They have confiscated 20 memory sticks, and prosecutor Kelly Marshall revealed one of them contained video footage of a man, which police believe 
is the teacher, touching a youngster inappropriately during class.

Experts believe the footage was filmed from underneath a school desk.

The man denied all allegations when he was interviewed by police, but has yet to enter a formal court plea.

However, prosecutors revealed he has received two previous warnings relating to his conduct at the school where he works.

In 2004 he was interviewed by the headteacher over concerns raised by parents, and in 2008 he received a verbal warning after a teaching assistant aired fears of her own.

The teacher has been remanded in custody to appear via video link at Bristol Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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