Doncaster teacher charged with child sex offences

Hall Cross School`
Hall Cross School`

A former teacher at Doncaster’s biggest school has appeared in court charged with committing sex offences against a teenager.

Paul Worrall was a teacher at Hall Cross Academy when he is alleged to have carried out the attacks, including attempted rape, on the same girl.

The offences are said to have taken place between 2011 and 2013, prosecutors allege.

He has since left the school, education bosses have confirmed.

The 30-year-old appeared at Sheffield Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault and a charge of attempted rape, which are alleged to have taken place between December 2011 and March 2013, when the girl was under 16.

The girl cannot be named for legal reasons.

Worrall is understood to have worked at the school, which has more than 2,000 pupils and 500 sixth form students, until summer last year.

He was arrested in August 2013, a spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said.

Worrall, of Oldham, Lancashire, spoke only to confirm his name and enter his pleas. He was granted conditional bail and is due to stand trial later this year.

Adjourning the case, Judge Sarah Wright told Worrall: “You will remain on conditional bail, and as part of your bail conditions you must not contact the complainant or the witness. You must return on the specified date, and the trial will go ahead regardless of whether you attend.”

Speaking after the hearing, principal at Hall Cross Academy, Pippa Dodgshon, said in a statement released via Doncaster Council: “This matter concerns a former member of staff and is subject to ongoing legal proceedings.

“The school is therefore unable to comment further.”