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Ex-vice principal avoids jail for groping female pupils

By John Cassidy

A former vice principal at a Northern Ireland grammar school has walked free from court after he admitted indecently assaulting three female pupils.

Francis Noel Stroud (68) was sentenced to three years on probation after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the teenagers while working as a maths teacher at Hunterhouse College in Finaghy on the outskirts of Belfast.

Stroud, of Sandymount Mews, Dunmurry, Belfast, was told by a judge that he had committed a "serious breach of trust'' by indecently touching the girls and kissing one on the lips.

Belfast Crown Court heard that the offences came to light when Stroud was being interviewed by police in February 2011 for harassing a pupil he was privately tutoring by touching her leg and sending her "inappropriate text'' messages.

He was convicted of harassing his 16-year-old victim in March 2014 and handed down a two-year probation order.

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