Teacher's computer was used to access 'gay teen websites'By Hugh Fort
July 13, 2012
A computer owned by a teacher accused of sex charges against boys was used to access gay websites featuring teenagers, a court heard.
Bruce Roth adamantly denies it was him who accessed the sites and said other people would've had access to the computer.
Roth, a former teacher at Wellington College in Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, is accused of abusing five boys, three at the college and two at Kings College in Kent.
During defence proceedings at Reading Crown Court yesterday, Daniel Fugallo, prosecuting, grilled Roth about the computer, which was kept on the shooting range at Wellington College.
The court earlier heard Roth was a top-class rifle shooter who narrowly missed out on selection for the Commonwealth Games in 2010, and a choir singer who had performed with 1980s act The Housemartins and Everything But The Girl, while at university in Hull.
Roth told the jury he bought the computer purely as a way of keeping statistics on the shooting done at the college.
The court heard the computer's internet records showed it had been used to access the websites, often late at night.
Roth insisted it was not him and suggested someone involved with the many local groups, which would have access to the range, could have sneaked in to access the sites "so that they can't be caught".
He said: "This person came to the school and into the shooting range to look at the images because it certainly wasn't me."
Mr Fugallo responded: "That is ridiculous Mr Roth, it was your computer and it was you who accessed those websites."
The trial moved on to the evidence of one of the alleged victims, who accuses Roth of touching him sexually while claiming he was treating him for an injury.
Roth denies this and says teachers were not allowed to assist with injuries and that all pupils who were ill or injured were taken to the school's matron.
The court heard the witness admitted to Roth some time later he made up the allegation due to being unhappy at the boarding school.
Roth suggested the allegations from two boys at the Kent school had been "made up after meeting at an old boys event".
He claims the boys from Kent came forward with the false allegations after reading coverage of the claims from the other boys in the newspapers and online.
Mr Fugallo replied saying one of the boys had contacted Roth through Facebook before the allegations hit the headlines and said he had been "caught out".
Roth is denies four counts of indecent assault on a male under 16, four counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and six counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.
The offences are alleged to have taken place over 22 years and relate to five boys, two who were at King's College and three at Wellington College.
The trial continues.