Respected Headteacher cleared by a jury of sexual assault on pupil in just 11 minutes.
James Bird, 53, was arrested at his desk and subjected to an 11-month court ordeal over the claims, dating back more than a decade old, that he abused a pupil.The church-goer, who now works at another school, was even prevented from being alone with his 13-year-old daughter in that time.
The father-of-four was accused of molesting an unruly 10-year-old boy who had been sent to his study for talking back to a teacher at his Church of England primary school in Accrington, Lancashire. Staff called the boy “aggressive, confrontational and challenging”.
Now 20, he went to police after a drinking session with a friend to complain Mr Bird had assaulted him “seven or eight times”.
He claimed that the respected head teacher forced him to perform sex acts as a “punishment”.
Mr Bird was arrested, then suspended but was cleared of four gross indecency charges after a three-day trial at Preston Crown Court.
Mr Bird, of Leyland, Lancashire, said afterwards: “I’m very happy that the truth has come out.
Full Story in the Daily Express: Respected school head teacher James Bird is cleared in sex abuse trial.