Somerset ex-deputy head admits indecent assaults

Philip Walker
Image caption Philip Walker pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault

A former deputy head teacher has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault.

Philip Walker, 61, who taught at two Somerset schools, admitted indecently assaulting boys and girls, some under 14, between 1978 and 1996.

Walker denied 10 other charges of indecent assault and three charges of sexual assault.

He appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Monday and is due to be sentenced later.

The Somerset schools where he taught include the boys-only agricultural Brymore School, where he was deputy head, and Heathfield School in Taunton.

Brymore School is a state-run residential school for agricultural studies at Cannington, near Bridgwater and caters for boys aged from 13 to 17.

Mr Walker was granted bail and ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

At a hearing on 10 February he was acquitted of firearms charges at Taunton Crown Court.

He had been charged, along with fellow Brymore teacher David Allibone, of possessing a prohibited firearm and of transferring a prohibited firearm.

Both men were found not guilty of the charges.

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