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Ex-teacher Bernard Haunch admits sexual offences

A former teacher who admitted to two sex offences against a schoolboy is to face trial over further charges.

Bernard Haunch, of Sutton, London, pleaded guilty to indecent assault and gross indecency between 1981 and 1983, but denied a further 16 offences.

The 77-year-old was given conditional bail and will go on trial at Brighton Crown Court on 20 February.

He taught at the now-defunct Fonthill Preparatory School in Combe Hill Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex.

The two offences Haunch admitted to were against a nine-year-old boy.

He denied two other charges of indecent assault against the boy, alleged to have been carried out between September 1980 and July 1983.

He also pleaded not guilty to 14 charges relating to a young girl, some of which are alleged to have been carried out when she was as young as seven.

He denied four counts of rape, two of a serious sexual assault, and eight of indecent assault between June 1975 and September 1979.

The trial is expected to last five days.

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