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Former top teacher on sex charges

PUBLISHED: 13:21 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

A FORMER Ipswich deputy head teacher and weightlifting coach has appeared before a Suffolk court accused of buggery.

Bryan Nelson, who ran a nationally-renowned weightlifting club on the Chantry estate, dressed smartly in a navy jacket and maroon tie for the ten-minute hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday.

A FORMER Ipswich deputy head teacher and weightlifting coach has appeared before a Suffolk court accused of buggery.

Bryan Nelson, who ran a nationally-renowned weightlifting club on the Chantry estate, dressed smartly in a navy jacket and maroon tie for the ten-minute hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The 71-year-old former deputy head of Chantry High spoke only to confirm his name and address before he was charged with two allegations of sexual offences relating to the same man.

Nelson of Woodbridge Road East, Ipswich, was accused of buggery on a date between January 1 1983 and December 31, 1984 and indecent assault on a male under 16 years on a date between January 1, 1983 and December 31, 1988.

The silver-haired pensioner who walks with the aid of a stick shuffled slowly into the Elm Street Courthouse and listened intently as a court clerk read out the two charges.

A friend of Nelson's sat in the public gallery throughout the short hearing at the Ipswich court to offer his support.

It was the first hearing on the case for the retired teacher who was prosecuted by Gareth Davies.

Ian Persaud, who appeared for Nelson's defence, told how the disabled man had lots of friends in the community and two of these were at the court to support him.

Chairman of the bench John Horton ordered the case to go off to Ipswich Crown Court for a pleas and directions hearing on November 8.

Weightlifting coach Nelson was the man who launched the sport to success in the town.

The Chantry Weightlifting Club, where Nelson was coach, has seen many stars through its doors.

Speaking to The Star in November 1999, Nelson said of the weightlifting club: "A lot of people lift weights for body building or fitness, but not competitively.

"There are very few clubs like ours at Chantry Sports Centre between here and London. People come in here if they want to progress and get to the highest level."

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