Former chair of governors at school near York cleared of child sex offences

The former chairman of the governors at a private school near York has been cleared of a series of child sex offences, a court official has said.

Brian Martin, once chairman of the governors at Queen Ethelburga’s school, was found not guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of eight counts of indecent assault, one of taking indecent images, three of attempted buggery and one of buggery.

The 68-year-old, of Ferrensby, near Harrogate, was also cleared of three charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three of sexual activity with a child, and two of sexual assault.

The jury failed to reach verdicts on two accusations of indecent assault and one sexual assault charge, and prosecutors indicated that they would be seeking a retrial on those counts, a court official said.