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Abuse teacher jailed indefinitely

A primary school teacher who filmed himself sexually abusing young girls in his classroom has been described as a "paedophile of the most sickening order" after being jailed indefinitely.

An independent serious case review has been commissioned to establish if authorities could have acted sooner to prevent Nigel Leat sexually assaulting the pupils in his care, the youngest of which was six-years-old, over the course of five years.

Leat, of Bloomfield Road, Bristol, had previously admitted the abuse of five girls and pleaded guilty to 36 offences, including the attempted rape of a child and carrying out sexual assaults on children.

The 51-year-old was given an indeterminate sentence and will serve at least eight-and-a-half years for the abuse which happened at Hillside First School in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

Detective Superintendent Geoff Wessell, of Avon and Somerset Police, said Leat had "preyed on the children" and "abused them in the most sick way".

The public gallery at Bristol Crown Court was full as relatives of Leat's victims watched him being sentenced.

The families listened in disbelief and sobbed as they heard Judge Neil Ford QC outline the shocking details and extent of Leat's actions.

Judge Ford told Leat: "Your manipulation of the children was clever, cunning and insidious. It was also wicked."

The father-of-two, who had worked at the school for 15 years, wore dark glasses and sat with his head bowed starring at the floor in the dock as he was sentenced.

The judge added: "I am of the opinion you do represent a serious risk to young girls. These offences were carried out over a long period of time with great regularity."


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