Ex-teacher admits child sex abuse

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A RETIRED maths teacher, who was extradited from Holland, has admitted 14 offences of sexual abuse against children.

Alan Brigden, 66, of Nieuwe Weteringstraat, Amsterdam, committed the offences between 1977 and 1980 at a school in West Sussex then at St George’s School, which was based at Wicklewood, near Wymondham, before moving to Great Finborough.

Brigden, who has also used the name Alan Morton, was charged with four offences of assault with intent to commit a serious sexual offence, four of gross indecency with a boy aged under 14 and six of indecent assault of a boy aged under 14.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday when Judge John Holt told him, that he would be sentenced at a leter date. Brigden will continue to be remanded in custody until then.

Suffolk and Norfolk Police worked together on the case. In March 2008, Suffolk Police received a complaint of historic abuse against Alan Morton from a former pupil at St George’s School. As the allegation related to when the school was at Wicklewood, it was passed to Norfolk police.

But in March 2009, Suffolk police received a further complaint of historic abuse at St George’s School, in Great Finborough, by headmaster Derek Slade. He was jailed for 21 years in 2010 on 16 charges of making indecent images of children plus assault, indecent assault and sexual assault.

As a result of publicity from that trial, a complaint was received against Brigden from his time in West Sussex and police established Brigden and Morton were the same man.

He was traced with the help of the Overseas Tracking Team from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and brought back to England in January 2012.