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Ex-teacher Philip Barlow guilty of child sex offences

Philip Barlow from Raleigh Close, Saltford Image copyright (C) British Broadcasting Corporation
Image caption Philip Barlow was found guilty of sexual assault, sexual activity with a child and voyeurism

A former teacher and church youth leader has been convicted of committing sex offences against young girls.

Philip Barlow, 29, from Raleigh Close in Saltford, near Bath, denied 19 sex offences at Bristol Crown Court.

A jury found him guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, 10 of sexual activity with a child and one of voyeurism.

Jurors acquitted him of one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and four of indecent assault.

The court heard Barlow abused the victims, one as young as 12, between 2002 and 2009.

The judge said a custodial sentence of "some length" was "inevitable" for Barlow, a youth leader at the Grace Bible Church in Saltford.

"I have no option but to remand you in custody and that's what I am going to do," he said.

The hearing was adjourned until Friday for sentencing.

  • Mr Barlow's conviction was quashed on 26 April after he appealed against it. A retrial has been ordered.

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