55 year old teacher freed of indecent assault charge against 11 year old student

Paul Thomas, 55, a teacher at Wolmer's Girl High School, in Kingston, was yesterday freed of a charge of indecent assault of an eleven-year-old girl when he appeared before the St Andrew Parish Court.
At the trial, prosecutors reported that Mr Thomas touched the child inappropriately when she visited his St Andrew home on January 11, 2015. The matter was reported to the police, and following an investigation, the History teacher was arrested and charged. However, at the hearing, Mr Thomas strongly denied the allegations.
Mr Thomas, who is also a Netball Coach, told the trial that he was showing the child netball moves and at no time did he touch her.
In closing arguments, his attorney, Vincent Wellesley, attacked the credibility of the Crown's case and urged the presiding Parish Judge, Maxine Ellis, to dismiss the case. After deliberating on the evidence, Judge Ellis agreed with the attorney's submissions and ordered the release of Mr Thomas.


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