Paedophile teacher may have abused more pupils

PUBLISHED: 15:21 24 June 2011 | UPDATED: 15:50 24 June 2011

Nigel Leat

Nigel Leat

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‘SEVERAL’ more potential victims have come forward to tell police they too were subjected to abuse by paedophile teacher Nigel Leat.

The 51-year-old was jailed indefinitely two weeks ago for sexually abusing children as young as six at Hillside First School in Worle.

Leat, who appeared before Bristol Crown Court for sentencing, was told by His Honour Judge Ford QC that he poses a serious threat of significant risk to society and was told he will be locked away until he is not a danger to young girls, possibly for the rest of his life.

This week police have revealed they have been contacted by others who may also have been abused by the teacher, who filmed his sickening crimes in classrooms and the staff room, during his time at the Church Road school.

Leat, who lived in Bristol, has been jailed for 34 different charges relating to the abuse of pupils in his care and was handed a determinate sentence of 24 years.

Once his guilty pleas, time spent in custody and other factors are taken into account, it will be eight years and 184 days before he will be considered for parole.

Despite figures of up to 40 total victims being mentioned in other media, police this week said that is a figure they have never heard of.

An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman said: “We have been contacted by several people in connection with Leat since the court case and we are making further inquiries.

“Those inquiries are at a very early stage, and of a sensitive nature, so it would be inappropriate to discuss them in any more detail at this sage.

“It would also be inappropriate to comment specifically on any ongoing inquiries into allegations.

“There is always the possibility there could be further victims and there are processes in place whereby any new allegations will be thoroughly investigated.”

Leat also admitted a single charge of possessing extreme child abuse images, and one of possessing indecent images of children.

More than 400 videos of Leat abusing his victims in school were taken into account when the judge passed sentence.

A Serious Case Review, as well as a disciplinary investigation involving Hillside headteacher Chris Hood, are ongoing at the school.

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