Bristol teacher guilty of sexually assaulting pupils

07/06/2013

Bristol school teacher John Alway was today found guilty of sexually assaulting four of his female pupils by a jury at Bristol Crown Court.

CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor Allie Longhorn said: "As a primary school supply teacher, John Alway was placed in a position of trust. While at school his young victims should have felt safe and secure but instead they had that trust abused in the most horrific way.

"Todays verdicts send out a clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. Working closely with Avon and Somerset police, the CPS will always seek to prosecute cases such as this where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so, no matter how long ago those crimes took place.

"The young women who reported this abuse and gave evidence at the trial showed great courage and should be commended for their strength in bringing this man to justice."

John Alway initially stood trial for three counts of sexual assault of former pupils last year but after the story was run in a local newspaper five more pupils came forward alleging he had sexually assaulted them.

The jury will reconvene on Monday to consider alleged sexual abuse of a further four pupils.