Teacher jailed for five years for child abuse

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A TEACHER who sexually abused children in his care has been sentenced to five years in a Dutch prison.

On July 15 at Ipswich Crown Court, Alan Brigden, 67, of Nieuwe Weteringstraat, Amsterdam, admitted 14 offences of sexual abuse against children.

Brigden was a maths teacher at a school in West Sussex between May and October 1977, moving to St George’s School, in Wicklewood near Wymondham, between September 1979 and August 1980, using the surname Morton, before the school moved to Great Finborough.

In May 2008, a complaint of historic abuse was made against Alan Morton from a former pupil at St George’s. In March 2009, police received a further complaint at the school when it was located at Great Finborough against headteacher Derek Slade.

Following extensive inquiries, Slade was arrested in February 2010 and in September the same year was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Following the publicity around Slade’s tria,l a complaint was received against Alan Brigden relating to the time he was teaching at a West Sussex School. It was then that police established Brigden and Morton were the same person.

A European Arrest Warrant was sworn and Brigden was brought to the UK in January 2012.