Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Teacher admits 'skinny dipping'

Brown slams 'improper contact'

A FORMER vice- principal of Bangor Grammar School today told a court anyone who improperly touched young boys was not fit to be in charge of children.

A FORMER vice- principal of Bangor Grammar School today told a court anyone who improperly touched young boys was not fit to be in charge of children.

Lindsay Thompson Brown (57) was giving evidence under cross- examination on the 12th of his trial at Downpatrick Crown Court.

Brown, also a founder member of the Scripture Union in Northern Ireland, denies 15 counts of gross indecency and indecent assault against 10 boys dating back to between 1968 and 1991.

Under questioning by prosecution counsel Terry Mooney QC, Brown was asked if he disagreed with the sort of behaviour that was alleged in the case.

Brown replied: 'Of course.'He was asked whether a person engaged in improper contacts with young boys was 'fit to be with young boys.'Brown replied: 'That sort of contact should never happen.'Mr Mooney continued: 'Is he fit to be with young boys?'Brown replied: 'If he is guilty of it, no.'Brown agreed that he took schoolboys in his car and said he sometimes allowed them to steer.

He said: 'They may have been sitting at my side or they might have been sitting between my legs with the seat pushed back.'Asked about whether his hands would have touched a boy's thigh, he replied that his hands would have been on the steering wheel on top of the boy's hands.

Asked if he ever went 'skinny dipping' with boys he replied: 'On a few occasions, yes.'Mr Mooney then referred to Brown's role as a religious education teacher at Bangor Grammar, which included sex education.

He asked if Brown believed there was 'too much guilt' associated with the subject of masturbation, Brown replied 'yes'.

Mr Mooney asked if that was why he spoke to boys about the subject to see if they were suffering from guilt, Brown replied 'yes.'Mr Mooney asked if Brown ever inquired what the boys dreamt about, Brown replied 'certainly not'.

At hearing.



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