Sir faces sex girl charges

HeadLine: SIR FACES GIRL SEX CHARGES

The Mirror, 02/10/2002, p1
by SHAUN MILNE & RICHARD GRAY

A MALE teacher has been charged by cops over claims he had underage sex
with a pupil almost 40 years his junior.
The man, a 54-year-old senior member of staff at a popular Edinburgh
secondary school, was arrested by detectives from Lothian and Borders
Police. It has been claimed he was involved in “acts of indecency” with
the 15-year-old girl.
Neither of the two people involved, or the school, can be named to
protect the identity of the child. A spokeswoman for Lothian and
Borders Police said: “We can confirm that a 54-year-old man has been
arrested and charged over allegations that he was involved in acts of
indecency.”
She added: “A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal’s
department.”
It is understood high-ranking officials from Edinburgh City Council
have also spoken to the teacher about the allegation, made within the
past few days.
The parents of the pupil are believed to have reported the claims to
police a few days after first complaining to the education authorities.
Education bosses have suspended the teacher – on full pay – pending
their own inquiry and the outcome of the police investigation.
Edinburgh City Council – who have responsibility for all state run
schools in their area – said they were aware of the allegation.
Sources within the council confirmed the man was spoken to by officials
in the education department, who took action to start their own
inquiries into the claims.
A council spokeswoman said: “Because of the sensitive nature of the
investigation and the police involvement, we cannot really comment at
present.”
Neither the teacher or parents of the girl involved in the
investigation were available for comment last night.

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