Teacher admits pupil sex attacks
A FORMER teacher from Suffolk faces jail after admitting indecently assaulting a school pupil.Father-of-three Steve Morris taught physical education Great Cornard Upper School until 1998.
A FORMER teacher from Suffolk faces jail after admitting indecently assaulting a school pupil.
Father-of-three Steve Morris taught physical education Great Cornard Upper School until 1998.
He was also head of the religious studies department and head of year at the Suffolk school.
But after leaving Suffolk first for Luton and then for a school in Hampshire, Morris indecently assaulted a female pupil in 2003.
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At Winchester Crown Court this week the former teacher admitted three counts of indecently assaulting a pupil between January 1 and December 31 2003 and now faces a spell in jail and being put on the sex offender's register.
The guilty plea comes just days before he was due to stand trial at Winchester Crown Court and means witnesses from Suffolk will no longer be called to give evidence before a jury.
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Originally arrested in March last year, Morris was suspended from teaching for an indefinite period of time and asked not to return to the school at which he worked.
Mike Foley, head teacher at Great Cornard Upper School, said: “He was employed here before I took over. To a great extent we were aware this was going on only because the newspapers had contacted us.
“I am almost certain there are no students left here who remember him and there are only some members of staff who knew him.”
The school has not been contacted at any point by the police in relation to Morris's time at Great Cornard Upper School.
Morris was known for teaching the sport Tchoukball during his time at Great Cornard Upper School where he worked for about a decade and is a former member of the Tchoukball Association of Great Britain.
Hampshire County Council was unable to comment on the case or Morris's currently employment status at the time of going to press.
He will be sentenced on April 3 at Winchester Crown Court.