BBC contributor Simon Warr denies Suffolk school sex offences

Teacher Simon Warr
Image caption Simon Warr is due to stand trial in May

A teacher and BBC contributor has pleaded not guilty to sex offences alleged to have taken place at two fee-paying Suffolk schools.

Simon Warr, 60, of Great West Road, Hounslow, west London, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court accused of seven offences involving three boys.

The teacher regularly appeared on national television and network radio.

Mr Warr, who was also a part-time contributor on BBC Radio Suffolk, is due to stand trial in May.

One indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency were alleged to have taken place against two boys at the former St George's School in Great Finborough near Stowmarket between 1979 and 1984.

One indecent assault and one case of gross indecency involving one boy were alleged to have happened at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook between 1989 and 1994.

Mr Warr continued to teach at the Royal Hospital School until his arrest in 2012.

National television and radio appearances included BBC One's The One Show as a social media commentator, as a contributor on BBC Radio 2 and as a sports reporter on BBC Radio Suffolk.

He also featured in Channel 4's That'll Teach 'Em reality show about grammar schools, where he took the role of a head teacher.

He had been a columnist for the East Anglian Daily Times newspaper as well.

The defendant was remanded on bail.

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