Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth assistant head teacher 'sex act' jury fails to reach verdict

An assistant head teacher accused of performing a sex act inches from the face of a sleeping boy during a sleepover faces a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Jurors heard it happened after a Christmas party at the Buckland play centre in Portsmouth, Hampshire, early on 23 December 2012.

Matthew Hill, 40, denies a charge of outraging public decency.

The jury was discharged after more than five hours of deliberations.

A retrial date is yet to be set.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Mr Hill, of Mallory Crescent, Fareham, was the assistant head teacher at Lyndhurst Junior School at the time but was helping out voluntarily at the play centre event for children aged between seven and 14.

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