Teacher on sex charges

The Scarborough Evening News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By Court Re­porter news­desk@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter @thescar­boronews

A for­mer Scar­bor­ough Sixth Form Col­lege teacher is fac­ing pri­son af­ter ad­mit­ting to sex­ual of­fences dat­ing back more than 30 years.

Martin Fisher will be sen­tenced at York Crown Court on Novem­ber 20 af­ter plead­ing guilty to 10 of­fences at Scar­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day.

The for­mer foot­ball coach and Span­ish tu­tor spoke only to con­firm his age, ad­dress and guilt dur­ing his ap­pear­ance be­fore the bench.

Pro­sec­tor Alison White­ley told the court that Fisher, 63, had in­de­cently as­saulted three men over the age of 16 be­tween 1986 and 2001.

Fisher, of Ram­sey Street, also ad­mit­ted to mak­ing seven in­de­cent of im­ages of chil­dren, one on or be­fore De­cem­ber 27 2015 – and the rest on May 23

2016. Mrs White­ley said the im­ages were of “11-yearold boys”. They ranged from the most se­ri­ous Cat­e­gory A im­ages to the lesser Cat­e­gory C.

She told the court that Fisher’s of­fences in­cluded in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing of his three vic­tims while in a po­si­tion of trust.

As the of­fences were com­mit­ted be­fore the Sex­ual Of­fences Act 2003 came into force he will be sen­tenced un­der his­toric sen­tenc­ing pow­ers, but could still face up to 10 years be­hind bars.

Shaun Greenan, mit­i­gat­ing, said that he agreed that sen­tenc­ing should take place at the crown court.

Fisher was re­leased on un­con­di­tional bail un­til his sen­tenc­ing hear­ing but must sign onto the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter.

Martin Fisher

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