June 2018

Ex-headteacher found guilty of sexually assaulting a babysitter at his Weston home

A former teacher from Weston-super-Mare, who committed an ‘appalling’ assault on a 16-year-old babysitter, has been found guilty.

Alistair Perry, aged 46, was found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday of two counts of indecent assault on the girl in 2000, following a five-day trial.

Perry offered to tutor the victim in maths, despite being a history teacher and later the headteacher at Colston’s Girls’ School, which is in Bristol.

The victim went to Perry’s Weston house to study where the pair worked in his office upstairs before later moving to his bedroom after Perry’s father-in-law needed to fit some curtains in the office.

The court was told Perry closed the door and stepped behind the victim and began ‘massaging her shoulders’.

He asked if she liked it at which point she shook her head, unable to speak.

His hands moved down her top and he begun massaging her breasts under her bra.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: “He (Perry) carried on massaging her breasts and she just tried to blank it out as she was too scared to say anything.

“The defendant then pulled his hands out and put them on her shoulders and turned her around.

“He leaned in to try and kiss her on her lips, she turned her head away so he could not kiss her.”

Then, at some point between May and August 2000, the victim was asked to babysit for Perry and his wife – who were both believed to be attending a church meeting – however, Perry remained at the house to ‘do some marking’.

The victim was on crutches at the time and was sat on the sofa when he came downstairs.

The court was told Perry, now of Colaton Raleigh in Devon, had picked up the girl and sat in the armchair with her sat on his lap, with her back against his chest.

He began running his hands under her top and trousers but stopped when his wife came home.

A jury found Perry guilty of both charges and he is expected to be sentenced on July 31.

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