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Ex-Caldicott School sex crime teacher struck by train

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Image caption Hugh Henry had pleaded guilty to gross indecency with a child

An ex-teacher at a private school at the centre of abuse allegations has been found dead just 36 hours before he was due to be sentenced for sex crimes.

Police said a body believed to be that of Hugh Henry, 82, was struck by a train in Buckinghamshire on Tuesday.

Henry, who carried out the abuse at Caldicott Preparatory School in Farnham Royal, was due to be sentenced with ex-headmaster Peter Wright on Thursday.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is among the former pupils of the school.

Thames Valley Police said in a statement: "Henry's next of kin have been informed and the incident [at Amersham Underground station] is being investigated by British Transport Police."

In December, Mr Clegg - who was not a victim of the abuse - said he was "appalled" at the news his former headmaster had been convicted of historical child sex offences.

Wright, 83, of Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, was found guilty of abusing five boys aged between eight and 13 by an Amersham Crown Court jury.

He had denied 10 charges of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child at Caldicott Preparatory School.

Mr Clegg said the nature of the abuse would "disturb everyone".

Wright's conviction came after fellow former teachers John Addrison and Hugh Henry pleaded guilty to sex abuse.

Henry, 82, of Pomeroy Close, Amersham, pleaded guilty to gross indecency with a child.

Addrison, 54, of Datchet Road, Slough, Berkshire, pleaded guilty to one count of indecency with or towards a child, and was sentenced to five years' imprisonment, at Aylesbury Crown Court in November last year. He will remain on the sex offenders' register for life.

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