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Top teacher freed after admitting sex assaults.

Byline: JOHN CASSIDY

A FORMER vice principal at a leading grammar school walked free yesterday after admitting indecently assaulting three female pupils.

Francis Noel Stroud, 68, was sentenced to three years on probation.

He pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the teenage students while working as a maths teacher at Hunterhouse College in Finaghy in South Belfast.

Stroud, of Sandymount Mews, Dunmurry, was told by a judge that he had committed a "serious breach of trust'' by indecently touching the girls and kissing one on the lips.

Belfast Crown Court heard the offences came to light when Stroud was being interviewed by police in February 2011 for harassing a pupil he was tutoring privately by touching her leg and sending her "inappropriate text'' messages.

He was convicted of harassing his 16-year-old victim in March 2014 at Craigavon Crown Court and handed a two-year probation order.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2014
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