Bernard Haunch, Teacher Accused Of Raping And Attacking Schoolchildren, Awaits Verdict

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Bernard Haunch stands trial for sexually assaulting schoolchildren
Bernard Haunch stands trial for sexually assaulting schoolchildren

A jury has retired for a fourth day to consider its verdicts in the trial of a former school teacher who denies a string of sex attacks against schoolchildren dating back more than 30 years.

Bernard Haunch, 72, is accused of sexually attacking a girl and a boy in the 1970s and 1980s while he was a teacher at a rural West Sussex school.

Lewes Crown Court was told that although Haunch had always been sexually attracted to pre-pubescent boys he found the female body of any age repellent.

Haunch, of Marlins Close, Sutton, south London, denies 16 offences, including rape and indecent assault, between June 1975 and September 1983.

But he has pleaded guilty to indecent assault against a nine-year-old boy between July 1981 and July 1982, and indecency with a child between July 2 1981 and September 1 1983.

Judge Michael Lawson QC told the jury he would accept majority verdicts on which at least 10 of them are agreed.

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