Bruce Karwoski, ex-teacher at Northgate High School in Ipswich, admits 13 sex offences involving two girls

Bruce Karwoski leaving an earlier hearing

Bruce Karwoski leaving an earlier hearing - Credit: Archant

A former teacher at Ipswich’s Northgate High School is facing a prison sentence after admitting more than a dozen sexual offences involving two girls.

Karwoski leaving Ipswich crown court

Karwoski leaving Ipswich crown court

Ex-head of science Bruce Karwoski, of All Saints Road, Creeting St Mary, near Needham Market, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday to 13 out of 15 charges of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 18 while in a position of trust.

Karwoski denied the remaining two charges.

The 53-year-old’s admissions came during his plea and trial preparation hearing.

Seven of the allegations relate to one of the females. The remaining eight involved the second girl.

The accusations Karwoski faces date back a number of years, but the dates, as well as the ages of the girls cannot be published to protect their anonymity.

Karwoski – who is understood to have taught chemistry – is currently unemployed after resigning from his post at Northgate High School.

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The charges, read out by the court clerk during the hearing, involve girls under the age of 18.

During the hearing it was said there was a basis to Karwoski’s guilty pleas. However, this was not given in court.

At the end of the proceedings, Judge Rupert Overbury told the former teacher he would be released on conditional bail.

No date was set for sentencing, although it is thought it will be some time next month.

Before allowing Karwoski to leave the dock, Judge Overbury told him that despite renewing his bail it did not indicate he will not be given a prison sentence.

The judge added the matters were extremely serious and would result in a jail term.

Karwoski was arrested on January 15.

After being charged he was released on bail until his first court hearing which took place before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich last month.

After Karwoski was charged, David Hutton, headteacher of Northgate High School, said: “An historical allegation against a member of staff was received by Northgate High School in early 2015.

“Immediate steps were taken to make the Local Authority Designated Officer and police aware.

“All advice and procedures were subsequently followed and we have co-operated fully with the police throughout their investigation.

“The person against whom the allegation was made is no longer employed at the school.”

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