June 18 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A 59-YEAR-OLD man arrested on suspicion of historic sexual abuse as part of the long-running St George’s School inquiry has had his bail extended.
The man, who is from the Ipswich area, was due to answer his bail today.
However, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary has said the suspect has been told by detectives he will not have to answer bail until May 8.
The man - who taught at the former school in Great Finborough, near Stowmarket - was arrested in December.
The allegation against the suspect dates back around 30 years.
Last month police revealed a fifth former teacher is being sought as part the investigation into historic physical and sexual abuse.
The inquiry, codenamed Operation Racecourse, has been going on for several years.
Derek Slade, head of St George’s School in the late 70s and early 80s, was jailed for 21 years at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010.
The 63-year-old was convicted of more than 50 offences, including a catalogue of sexual and physical abuse relating to 12 boys at the school.
Last year another teacher, Alan Brigden, was jailed for five years after being convicted of sex assaults at St George’s, when it was based in Norfolk. He had been extradited from Holland where he had been living.
The 67-year-old, who was known as Alan Morton when he taught at the school while it was based at Wicklewood, admitted 14 child sex offences when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.
At the time of Brigden’s offences in 1977 and 1980 he was teaching at a boys’ boarding school in Sussex, and then at the former St George’s School, in Norfolk.
Another former teacher Alan Williams was found dead at his Stowmarket home after being arrested on abuse allegations.