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Teacher displayed sexy photos of ex wife

PUBLISHED: 15:20 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK schoolteacher is waiting to hear his fate after displaying explicit photographs of his ex-wife in full public view.

John Troupe, a design technology teacher at Westbourne High School in Ipswich appeared before the town's magistrates to plead guilty to three offences relating to harassment and public disorder.

A SUFFOLK schoolteacher is waiting to hear his fate after displaying explicit photographs of his ex-wife in full public view.

John Troupe, a design technology teacher at Westbourne High School in Ipswich appeared before the town's magistrates to plead guilty to three offences relating to harassment and public disorder.

The court heard how the 57-year-old held a Polaroid image of his former wife Maureen Troupe outside his home in East Bergholt. He also displayed a poster and a banner disparaging his ex-wife in the front window of his house.

Ms Troupe's daughter from a previous marriage, Sarah Titchmarsh, lives in the same East Bergholt cul-de-sac, Notcutts, as John Troupe.

Magistrates heard that Troupe displayed the images in front of Ms Titchmarsh and other family members between May 1 and August 12.

The court heard that the incident stemmed from a bitter divorce between the Troupe's several years ago.

At South East Suffolk Magistrates Court Troupe was bound over to keep the peace towards Sarah Titchmarsh for a year.

He also entered guilty pleas to three charges, admitting to harassment of Michael Burrows (Maureen Troupe's brother-in-law), Maureen Troupe and Michael Bugg (Maureen Troupe's previous ex-husband).

Gareth Davies, prosecuting, told the court how Mr Bugg saw Troupe brandishing an explicit picture of Maureen Troupe above his head in the summer.

He conducted similar behaviour on other occasions in and also put a poster and banner on view making "inferences of a sexual nature in relation to Maureen Troupe."

Mr Davies said: "On July 31 he (Michael Bugg) visited his daughter and Mr Troupe came out of his house and was holding a photograph above his head.

"Using his binoculars, standing 40 to 50ft away he could clearly see it was Polaroid of his ex-wife Maureen Troupe. It was an explicit type and he was upset about that."

Stephen Colman, representing Troupe, said his client had felt aggrieved after the divorce because he had been unable to address several issues and vented his feelings in public.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing for the preparation of pre-sentence reports, leaving all options open. Troupe was told that a custodial sentence was a possibility.

He was released on bail to return to court on January 9.


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