Ex-Ashdown House School teachers face child sex charges

Two men have been charged with historical sex offences against pupils at an East Sussex school.

Maurice Williams, 71, of High Street, Barcombe and Martin Haigh, 66, of Lavender Street, Brighton, face charges.

The offences allegedly took place between the 1970s and 90s, while both were teachers at Ashdown House School near Forest Row.

None of the offences are alleged to have been committed jointly.

Mr Williams faces four charges - two of indecent assault and two of gross indecency - all with a girl under 16 between 1989 and 1993.

Mr Haigh is accused of five counts of indecent assault and six of gross indecency, all between 1972 and 1978.

They are due to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21 April.

Ashdown House is a co-educational, preparatory boarding school, which currently has about 120 pupils, aged between seven and 13.

Sussex Police has emphasised there are no current or recent safeguarding issues at the school in relation to the case.

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