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Primary school head teacher Christopher Field guilty of sex offences

Woodcote Primary School, Oxon Image copyright Google
Image caption The offences took place while Christopher Field was head teacher at Woodcote Primary School in Oxfordshire

A primary school head teacher has been found guilty of sexual offences against young children.

Christopher Field, 47, committed the offences against two girls in 2010 and 2011 while head of Woodcote Primary School in Oxfordshire.

Field, of Chieveley, Berkshire, was found guilty of two counts of assault by touching a girl under 13, and one of making indecent images of a child

The jury at Oxford Crown Court failed to reach a verdict on two other counts.

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Field has been bailed to appear before the same court on 18 March.

The Crown Prosecution Service has until then to decide whether one count of sexual assault and one count of causing or inciting a girl under 18 to engage in sexual activity will be the subject of a retrial.

'Reliving the ordeal'

The offences were reported to Thames Valley Police in 2014.

Det Con Sarah Berry, of the child abuse investigation unit based in Oxford, said: "This was a difficult case where two young girls, who did not understand what was happening at the time, were groomed and abused.

"They have shown great courage in coming forward. Both have been consistent and shown great determination in giving their evidence at court.

"I am sad for them that Field did not admit his guilt and thereby could have spared them the pain of reliving the ordeal in court."

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