York & North Yorkshire

Former Ampleforth College teacher in court on sex abuse charges

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Image caption Dara De Cogan was working at Ampleforth College at the time the alleged offences are said to have taken place

A former music teacher at one of England's top Roman Catholic public schools has appeared in court charged with sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Dara De Cogan, 57, is accused of 12 counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.

The offences are said to have occurred between 2007 and 2009 while Mr De Cogan, of Kilburn, North Yorkshire, was working at Ampleforth College.

He appeared before magistrates in Scarborough but did not enter a plea.

Mr De Cogan was released on bail ahead of his next appearance at York Crown Court on 13 February.

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