Boarding school teacher accused of sex attacks

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A BOARDING school teacher will appear in court next week charged with indecent assault on male pupils.

Nicholas Quest, a retired teacher who taught at Boundary Oak Boarding School near Fareham, is charged with six counts of indecent assault, ranging from 1975 up to 1989.

Quest, 59, from Linden Grove, in Gosport, appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court in June.

But the court was sent the case to crown court for trial because of the severity of the allegations.

Quest will now appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday to enter his plea.

At the time of the alleged indecent assaults, he was a teacher at Boundary Oak in Wickham Road.

The school offers education from nursery age up to Year 8.

It provides boarding from Year 3 until Year 8 at a cost of £2,275 per term.

The five complainants were aged from seven years old up to 16 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Once Quest has entered a plea, he will be called back to the crown court for either a trial or sentencing.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We can confirm a man was charged on Thursday, June 6 with six counts of indecent assault against boys aged between seven and 16.

‘Nicholas John Quest, aged 56, from Gosport, is accused of committing these offences between 1975 and 1989.’

A statement from the school said: ‘Boundary Oak can confirm it has been co-operating fully with the police and the local area authority designated officer regarding some criminal allegations.

‘As the case is yet to be fully heard, the school is not in a position to comment any further.’

Quest is believed to have been suspended from the school pending investigation and has subsequently retired for health reasons.

It is understood that letters have been sent to parents.