Teacher who quizzed teen girls over sex is found dead

55-year-old in court days be­fore

West Lothian Courier - - News - Courier Re­porter

A se­nior teacher was found dead three days after be­ing sen­tenced for quizzing un­der-age school­girls in West Loth­ian about their sex lives and mak­ing in­de­cent re­marks.

Ken­neth Boal, 55, was put on pro­ba­tion for 18 months and added to the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for the same pe­riod fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion.

Po­lice were called to a house in the Bon­aly area of Ed­in­burgh last Fri­day night.

A force spokes­woman said his sud­den death was un­ex­plained but “not sus­pi­cious”.

Boal, who was a first of­fender and a well­re­garded teacher, had ap­peared for sen­tenc­ing at Liv­ingston Sher­iff Court after be­ing found guilty at trial last month.

He had re­signed from his £54,600-a-year post hours after be­ing con­victed of two of­fences of lewd and li­bidi­nous prac­tices and behaviour against two girls.

Find­ing deputy head Boal guilty, a sher­iff told him he had been “tak­ing an un­healthy in­ter­est” in the two teenagers.

One of the girls said that Boal – who was in charge of child pro­tec­tion at a West Loth­ian sec­ondary school – told her he was “get­ting ex­cited” talk­ing to her.

She heard him tell her: “I need to take a cold shower now.”

Last week Boal was or­dered to carry out 220 hours of un­paid work and pay com­pen­sa­tion of £1000 in re­spect of each vic­tim.

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