Ex-head in court on ‘sex charges’

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Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A retired headteacher aged 95 will appear in court today accused of committing a string of historic sex offences against children.

Jack Mount, from Devon, is expected to enter pleas to a total of 32 charges during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

The pensioner, who was born in May 1919, faces nine counts of rape, six of gross indecency, nine of indecent assault, and eight other sexual offences.

The former head of the privately-run Brookside School, near Craven Arms, Shropshire, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1954 and 1979 against six girls and six boys.

One of the offences is alleged to have been committed in Barnsley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the mid-1950s, while three are alleged to have occurred in Birmingham between 1957 and 1962.

The remaining 28 charges relate to allegations of sexual abuse against boys and girls said to have taken place in south Shropshire between 1967 and 1979.

A previous hearing was told that Mount, of Paradise Lawn, South Molton, denies all the charges.

Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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