Teacher has sex charges dropped

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A FORMER Filey teacher jailed for sexually assaulting pupils has seen further charges against him dropped.

Stephen Douglas-Hogg, 52, was jailed in May 2009 for four-and-a-half years after admitting 13 counts of indecent assault on five boys aged under 14 while working as a classics teacher at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School.

The former religious studies teacher was due to face a further abuse case at the Old Bailey this week, but it was dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence.

The move followed a collapsed trial last October and the court was told there was no realistic prospect of conviction in relation to evidence of three of the four alleged victims.

During his original trial at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Michael Gledhill QC labelled Douglas-Hogg a “paedophile” who used his authority to strike fear into his victims, who were too afraid to report what happened.