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Man in court over historical child sex abuse allegations

Michael Ellis Image copyright Dominic Harris
Image caption Michael Ellis appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court

A man has appeared in court in connection with an investigation into historical child sex abuse at a top independent school.

Michael Ellis, of Chiswick, is charged with a count of indecent assault on a boy aged 14 in 1973 and one of indecent assault against a boy aged 16 in 1992.

The 69-year old is also charged with four counts of making indecent images on or before his arrest in July 2014.

He was charged as part of Scotland Yard's Operation Winthorpe inquiry.

The investigation centred on allegations of sex abuse at St Paul's School in Barnes, south west London - where former pupils include Chancellor George Osborne - and its prep school Colet Court.

Mr Ellis was bailed by City of Westminster Magistrates' Court to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 28 April.

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