Devon

Ex-teacher 'accidentally' touched breasts, court hears

  • 16 February 2016
  • From the section Devon
Chay Roberts-Jones Image copyright Nick Irving
Image caption Chay Roberts-Jones denies three counts of sexual assault

A public school teacher accused of sexually assaulting three teenagers touched one girl's breasts by accident, a jury has been told.

Exeter Crown Court heard Chay Roberts-Jones, of Preston Street, "accidentally hit" one girl "somewhere around the chest" during a camping trip.

The 29-year-old denies three counts of sexual assault.

He was suspended from Blundells School in Tiverton in 2014 over the allegations.

'Apologised straight away'

The prosecution alleges Mr Roberts-Jones ran his fingers over the 16-year-old girl's breasts during the camping trip.

Frederick Morris told the jury he was on the trip and said the girl was wearing a zip-up onesie, which she opened herself to reveal a t-shirt.

"There was a conversation and Mr Roberts-Jones was telling a story," he said.

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Image caption Chay Roberts-Jones was a physics teacher at Blundells School in Tiverton

"He was in the middle of a circle and as he turned around during the story he accidentally hit the girl.

"It was completely by accident and he apologised straight away."

Mr Morris said Mr Roberts-Jones "hit her somewhere around the chest" and "apologised and nothing was made of it".

The court heard he was living in a cottage in the school grounds and was engaged to a female teaching assistant at the time the alleged offences took place in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The trial continues.

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