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Former head teacher of Essex school faces trial for alleged sex offences

A former head teacher of William De Ferrers School in Essex will stand trial in January 2018 for a number of sexual offences.

Neal McGowan, 54, now of Edinburgh, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on 21 June 2017. He has been charged with two counts of abuse of position of trust – one for causing or inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17 and one for causing a child aged 13 to 17 to watch a sexual act. He has also been charged with three counts of making indecent images of a child.
 
It has been reported that the charges relate to incidents which allegedly took place while he was head teacher at William De Ferrers School.
 
McGowan is reported to have worked at Gracemount High School in Edingburgh, Banchory Academy in Kincardineshire and Lambert High School in Falkirk as well as schools in Oxfordshire, south London and Beijing before moving to William De Ferrers School in 2013.
 
McGowan denies all the charges against him.
 
Anyone who is affected by this story should contact Essex Police, or charities for victims of abuse such as NAPAC.  

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