Teenage babysit­ter on crutches ‘groped by top girls’ school head’

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THE for­mer head of a lead- ing girls’ school groped his babysit­ter while she was on crutches, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Alis­tair Perry, 46, al­legedly put the girl on his lap and started mo­lest­ing her af­ter she came to his home to look af­ter his chil­dren.

The then 16-year-old told po­lice she was un­able to es­cape be­cause of her crutches and was saved only by his wife com­ing home. Perry, who was ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal at the out­stand­ing-rated Col­ston Girls’ School in Bris­tol, is ac­cused of two sex at­tacks. The al­le­ga­tions, which date back ten years, came to light af­ter the girl told her cousin about the in­ci­dents on a camp­ing trip with her church group.

The cousin told the girl’s par­ents, who in turn told po­lice, Cardiff Crown Court heard. De­scrib­ing the first al­le­ga­tion, the girl told po­lice: ‘He took me to his bed­room and he was help­ing me with my work.

‘All of a sud­den he stood up be­hind me and started mas­sag­ing my shoul­ders and put his hand down my top and un­der my bra and started touch­ing, mas­sag­ing. That went on for about ten min­utes and he tried to kiss me.

‘He said he was sorry he shouldn’t have done that. I thought that was it. But he kept go­ing back to my par­ents to of­fer to help.’

She told of­fi­cers that Perry, a reg­u­lar church­goer, touched her on a sec­ond oc­ca­sion when she had again agreed to babysit be­liev­ing he was out. In an in­ter­view played to court, she said: ‘I thought he wouldn’t be there.

‘When I got there, his wife said to me that he wasn’t com­ing and he was mark­ing all his school work so he would fol­low her half hour later.

‘I sat down­stairs, pan­ick­ing the whole time, what he would do. He came down­stairs and said he was go­ing to keep me com­pany. He rang his wife and said there was no point go­ing. I was sat on the sofa and he came over and picked me up and put me on his lap and started do­ing dif­fer­ent things to me. I was on crutches and couldn’t leave.

‘He put me on his lap and his hands were go­ing ev­ery­where un­der the dress, ev­ery­where. That went on for quite a while then his wife came home.’

Perry, of Co­la­ton Raleigh near Sid­mouth in Devon, de­nies two counts of in­de­cent as­sault. The trial con­tin­ues.

Trial: Alis­tair Perry

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