Teacher accused of sexual assaults on pupils faced similar allegations at previous school

Teacher accused of sexual assaults on pupils faced similar allegations at previous school

A teaching assistant said Clayton's behaviour towards young girls 'rang alarm bells' when he worked at a different school

A teacher standing trial accused of sexual assaults on young girls had previously faced similar allegations at a past school, a jury heard.

Johnathan Clayton, 27, of Carlton, Stockton, was working at a primary school outside Teesside when the latest accusations were made.

Teesside Crown Court heard how a teaching assistant had previously raised concerns when he was working with young girls at a different school, which is also not on Teesside, in 2017.

He faced three counts of sexual assault and the case went to Durham Crown Court where he was formally found not guilty through lack of evidence.

Details of the allegations were heard by jurors in support of the prosecution case in the current trial.

The teaching assistant, a woman, said Clayton was "tactile" with the children and "slightly inappropriate", which "rang alarm bells".

She described seeing him sitting children on his knee, having his arms around them, stroking them down their backs and taking a girl's tights off.

Johnathan Clayton, teacher accused of sex offences, outside court

On one occasion she said she had left the classroom as the youngsters changed for PE.

But upon returning she said she found Clayton taking down a girl's tights.

She said she intervened and told the child: "I think you are a bit old to require help."

On another occasion the teacher was said to have stroked a dress off a girl's shoulder.

"Alarm bells were ringing for me and I was concerned", she told jurors.

Asked by David Comb, defending, if the teaching assistant had a positive relationship with Clayton, and if they gelled, she replied: "We did, we did get on really well together."

A teacher standing trial accused of sexual assaults on young girls had previously faced similar allegations at a past school, a jury heard.

Johnathan Clayton, 27, of Carlton, Stockton, was working at a primary school outside Teesside when the latest accusations were made.

Teesside Crown Court heard how a teaching assistant had previously raised concerns when he was working with young girls at a different school, which is also not on Teesside, in 2017.

He faced three counts of sexual assault and the case went to Durham Crown Court where he was formally found not guilty through lack of evidence.

Details of the allegations were heard by jurors in support of the prosecution case in the current trial.

The teaching assistant, a woman, said Clayton was "tactile" with the children and "slightly inappropriate", which "rang alarm bells".

 
 

She described seeing him sitting children on his knee, having his arms around them, stroking them down their backs and taking a girl's tights off.

Johnathan Clayton, teacher accused of sex offences, outside court

On one occasion she said she had left the classroom as the youngsters changed for PE.

But upon returning she said she found Clayton taking down a girl's tights.

She said she intervened and told the child: "I think you are a bit old to require help."

On another occasion the teacher was said to have stroked a dress off a girl's shoulder.

"Alarm bells were ringing for me and I was concerned", she told jurors.

Asked by David Comb, defending, if the teaching assistant had a positive relationship with Clayton, and if they gelled, she replied: "We did, we did get on really well together."

"The prosecution's case is that this defendant has a sexual interest in young girls."

The jury heard that the alleged assaults would be "momentary and opportunistic" and done for his "own sexual gratification".

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