Former St Albans teacher guilty of sexually assaulting private student (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Former St Albans teacher guilty of sexually assaulting private student
A one-time St Albans teacher must wait to hear his fate after being convicted after a week long trial of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he was privately tutoring.
A jury at Chelmsford Crown Court took five hours to convict Paul Wilson, 67, who was accused of touching the victim’s breasts and knickers during a massage he gave to her over her clothes.
Now sentencing has been adjourned until next month for report. Wilson was remanded on bail.
Although convicted of one sex assault charge, Wilson was cleared of a second charge of sexual assault by fondling the girl’s knee during a car journey, and third charge of sexual activity alleged to have involved tapping her bottom with a slipper as a punishment when she got her times tables wrong.
Wilson had denied all three offences which were alleged to have happened between April 2011 and October 2012 when the girl was aged 14-16.
The prosecution had alleged that he played "a slipper game" on the girl he was coaching for her GSCE modules when she made mistakes and, that during a full-body massage over clothes, he cupped her breasts and put his hands inside her jeans' waistband down to her knickers.
It was also claimed he caressed her leg when he was giving her a lift in his car.
Wilson spent 20 years teaching at Stewards school in Harlow, Essex. He also taught at the former Netteswell Grammar in Harlow, Epping Forest High in Debden and at St Julian's school, St Albans.
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