School teacher's sex assault trial gets go-ahead
THE trial of a retired school teacher accused of indecently assaulting a number of his former pupils will go ahead, the High Court has ruled.
The teacher is facing more than 60 charges of indecently assaulting 11 female students at the rural primary school he taught at between 1965 and 1985. Four of the complainants are sisters.
The teacher cannot be named by order of the court.
Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley yesterday dismissed the man's bid to have his trial permanently prohibited, stating he had failed to establish he was at risk of not getting a fair trial.
The teacher, now in his 70s, denies all the charges against him. He was arrested and charged in late 2011 and sent forward for trial in the Circuit Criminal Court in 2012.