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Headteacher convicted of sexual offences

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Neil Frederick Foden, 66, a headteacher from Old Colwyn has today been convicted of sexual offences after a jury returned guilty verdicts in 19 counts.

Foden’s offending came to light in September 2023 when the first victim made disclosures. As part of the investigation another four victims were identified.

The evidence presented included the victims' accounts. Those accounts were corroborated by the evidence obtained by the police in the form of mobile devices, computers seized, forensic evidence and financial enquiries. Text messages and calls linked Foden to the victims.

Foden denied all charges against him and choose not to answer any question during his police interviews.

The trial commenced on 22 April 2024 and the jury returned their verdicts on 15 May 2024.

Ceri Ellis-Jones of the CPS said: “These crimes were shocking as Foden was a trusted and well-respected individual, who used that to his advantage. He abused his position of trust and targeted the most vulnerable females he was entrusted to safeguard.

“The victims are to be commended for their bravery in coming forward and giving evidence. Their support for this prosecution has been key to Foden being brought to justice.

“I would also like to thank the specialist team at North Wales Police with whom we closely collaborated from the outset. We were able to present a compelling case to the jury, resulting in these convictions”.

Foden will be sentenced on 1 July 2024.

Notes to editors

  • Ceri Ellis-Jones is a Senior Crown Prosecutor specialising in rape and serious sexual offences for the CPS Cymru-Wales Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit.
  • Neil Frederick Foden (DOB: 23/08/1957) is from Old Colwyn in Colwyn Bay.
  • Neil Frederick Foden was found guilty of:
    • Sexual activity with a child x12
    • Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
    • Attempt arrange the commission of a child sex offence
    • Sexual communication with a child
    • Sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust x2
    • Possessing indecent photographs of a child for show
    • Sexual assault of a child under 13
  • The Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) in North Wales offer specialist support to children, young people and adults.
  • Amethyst Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) North Wales offers support from their Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) and Young People Sexual Violence Advisers (CYPSVAs).

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