Ilkeston school chaplain admits sex assault

Robert Casey arriving at court
Image caption Robert Casey will be sentenced in three weeks' time

A school chaplain has admitted carrying out a sex assault on a male former pupil.

Robert James Casey, 49, of Ladywood Road, Ilkeston, pleaded guilty to causing a person to engage in a sexual activity without consent.

He had been suspended from his position at St John Houghton Catholic School in Kirk Hallam.

Casey was remanded in custody to reappear at Derby Crown Court for sentencing on 26 April.

The sex act happened last July when the victim was aged 18.

In a statement, headteacher Bernard Monaghan said: "The well-being of our students is always our primary concern.

"This has been a difficult time for everyone involved and we're doing everything we can to support pupils, parents and staff so we can move forward together.

"The events of today will be considered at a meeting tomorrow of the governing body, which will carry out the school's statutory obligations as an employer."

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