world : Paedophile head teacher jailed for 17 years

world : Paedophile head teacher jailed for 17 years
world : Paedophile head teacher jailed for 17 years

Monday 1 July 2024 10:30 PM

Nafeza 2 world - The teacher joined Ysgol Friars in Bangor, Gwynedd, as a deputy head in 1989, becoming headteacher in 1997.

He was also strategic head of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle secondary school in Penygroes.

Five girls, who cannot be identified, accused him of abuse between January 2019 and September 2023.

Across the three-and-a-half week trial, the court heard how the head teacher groomed and abused the youngsters over a four year period, in locations including his car and hotel rooms.

He was also found guilty of one count each of causing or inciting child sexual activity, attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, sexual communication with a child, possession of indecent photographs of a child and sexual assault of a child.

During the trial, the court was shown a video of Foden holding the hand of one of the girls as she sat in the back of his car, while he was in the driver's seat.

He was arrested after she showed an adult a photo of them together and screenshots of messages about oral sex.

Police attended his place of work on the afternoon of 6 September and arrested him.

He was charged two days later on 8 September, on suspicion of sexual offences.

The victim also described how Foden would search for locations on Google maps, where he would take her in his car and sexually abuse her.

He would make arrangements with her by text, sending hundreds of messages a day, and would tell her he loved her.

In a statement read at the sentencing, one of the victims said she had nightmares and flashbacks.

"I have lost all of my friends and I feel lonely and isolated. My future just feels hopeless," she said.

Another victim read her own statement in court, saying that she wanted Foden to hear "first hand, the impact he had".

She said she had been left unable to hug her own father due to what she had been through.

"He exploited my body and mind… I used to be light hearted… now I am colder, and I don't care."

She said she had asked him if she could trust him, and that he had said yes. Addressing him directly in the court, she told him: "You lied."

Another victim also read her statement to the court, saying that Neil Foden had "torn a huge part" of her life away that she does not think she can get back.

"It hurts because I trusted him... He has taken my trust in people, away from me."

She went on to say that the whole stress of her the trial could have been avoided "if Mr Foden had told the truth at the start".

Another victim said what Foden had done was "unforgivable" and that they had all "been exploited".

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Ceri Ellis-Jones of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “We welcome the sentence passed today and hope that this provides comfort to the victims knowing that Foden has now been brought to justice."

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Evans of North Wales Police said: "We share the shock and revulsion of our communities towards his actions.

"I can't overstate the impact that this has had on our communities, and particularly on young people in the area."

He added the "courage and strength" of the victims was "admired by everyone" and had "saved future generations from being victims at the hands of Neil Foden".

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