Saturday 18 November 2017

Primary teacher admits sex abuse of his pupils

Rod Minchin

A primary school teacher admitted today to abusing children in his classroom.

Nigel Leat, 50, pleaded guilty to 35 sexual offences during a brief hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

He admitted 22 charges of sexual assaulting a child under 13; eight charges of sexual assault by penetration of a child under 13; one charge of attempted rape of a child under 13; one charge of voyeurism; one charge of causing or inciting a child under 14 to commit sexual activity; and two charges of possessing child pornography.

The offences were committed at a school in North Somerset against five girls, the youngest of whom was aged six, between September 2006 and December last year.

When police arrested Leat they discovered around 30,500 indecent photographs and 720 indecent movies in his possession, including one of a child aged between seven and eight involved in an indecent act with an animal.

Leat, who had a long teaching career, will be examined by a psychiatrist in the next few weeks, the court heard.

Speaking only to confirm his name and enter his pleas, Leat, of Bloomfield Road, Bristol, was remanded in custody until sentencing on June 10.

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