Tue. Nov 28th, 2023
Former Eton teacher accused of multiple sexual assaults against pupil

A former teacher at Eton College has been accused of carrying out a string of sexual offences against a 16-year-old pupil.

Jacob Leland, 35, was charged with 14 counts of sexual offences against a teenage boy while employed at the school between 2010 and 2012.

Mr Leland, from Camden, north London, denied the charges at a hearing at Reading magistrates’ court on Wednesday.

He was granted bail ahead of his next appearance on Dec 4 at Reading Crown Court.

The former teacher was charged with with five counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity, four counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity, three counts of causing or inciting a boy under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual assault on a male.

A spokesman for Eton College said the school stands “firmly beside those former pupils directly involved, who have acted with great courage and dignity throughout.”

They added: “The welfare and well-being of our pupils is Eton’s top priority. When safeguarding concerns arise they are dealt with in accordance with our established processes and we always work closely with the relevant authorities where appropriate, as we have in this case.

“Given the ongoing criminal process, we cannot comment further at this stage.”

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