Leeds & West Yorkshire

Garforth Academy former staff member facing sex charges

A former staff member at a West Yorkshire school has been charged with sex offences against children.

The man, who used to work at Garforth Academy in Leeds, is accused of nine counts of engaging in sexual activity with two children.

He is also charged with one count of sexual assault against a 25-year-old woman and is due to appear before Leeds magistrates on 18 June.

The school has sent a letter to parents but said it would not comment further.

The letter says: "The news will be of shock and concern to you as it is to all concerned with Garforth Academy.

"Despite the concerns that we will all feel in regard to this news we would like to reassure you that the academy prioritises the safety of our young people above all else and there is no cause for alarm."

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