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Caldicott Prep School ex-headmaster 'sexually abused boys'

Roland Wright
Image caption One of Roland Wright's alleged victims was woken at night and taken to his bedroom, the court heard

An 82-year-old former headmaster sexually abused boys at his school in the 1960s and 70s, a jury has heard.

Roland Peter Wright, of Farnham Royal, Bucks, denies 13 charges of indecent assault and two counts of inciting boys to commit gross indecency with him.

He was master, then headmaster, at Caldicott Preparatory School at Farnham Royal, Aylesbury Crown Court heard.

Boys were abused in his study bedroom at night, among other places, the jury heard.

'Disgusting taste'

Speaking of one boy, who was 12 or 13 at the time, John Price QC told the court: "Late one night he had been asleep in his bed in the dormitory.

"The master came in, sat on his bed, woke him up and quietly told him to go the master's study bedroom which was nearby.

"The boy did as he was told."

The court heard the teacher got the boy in the bed and pushed his tongue into his mouth.

"He remembers a disgusting taste of food and drink.

Mr Price added Mr Wright touched the boy inappropriately and made the boy do the same to him.

Sports teacher

"This was to happen on several further occasions," he said.

"The boy recalls that the master was never violent, never threatening. Indeed he recalls that he was 'quite gentle and loving... very softly spoken'.

"At the time of these events the man was a French and sports teacher at the school."

The court heard more than a dozen complainants came forward to make allegations about Wright.

The indictment refers to seven alleged victims.

Mr Wright requires regular court breaks because of his age, and listens to proceedings with a hearing loop.

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