Simon Harris admitted indecently assaulting boys at Shebbear College in Devon in the 1980s

October 21st, 2014

A man has admitted indecently assaulting boys at a private school where he used to work as a teacher.

Simon Harris, appearing today at Birmingham Crown Court pleaded guilty to sex offences committed against three pupils, all aged between 13 and 14, while he was employed at Shebbear College in Devon in the 1980s. Harris, appearing in custody but formerly of Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire, is set to stand trial tomorrow on 27 further sexual offences involving young boys in Kenya.

The 55-year-old has entered not guilty pleas to those charges, which include allegations he raped boys as young as seven while in the west African country. On those charges, Harris is facing four allegations that he raped boys under the age of 13 and another who was under the age of 16, with three counts of attempted rape also on the indictment.

He further denies 10 offences of sexual assault, four of indecent assault and five charges of possession of indecent pictures. Throughout the hearing, Harris sat composed in the dock, sporting thinning grey hair and wearing a dark suit and tie, speaking only to confirm his name and his pleas as the charges were read out.

In all, there are more than 10 complainants from Kenya, with the jury set to hear evidence from those individuals over a live video link system in a trial scheduled to last until Christmas.