Bernard Haunch- Jury out in teacher sex abuse trial

A jury has retired for a third day to consider its verdict in the trial of a former West Sussex school teacher who denies historic sexual offences against schoolchildren.

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 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. The jury was sent home for the night and will resume deliberations at 10am on Friday If you were subject to abuse or you know of a friend or relative who was please get in touch in the strictest of confidence. Those who were subjected to abuse potentially have rise to a civil claim. Charles Derham crd@verisona.com 02392492472
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