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Senior Eton master charged with string of sex attacks on boys at £40,000-a-year public school
A SENIOR master at world-renowned Eton College has been charged with sexually assaulting three boys.
The teacher at the £40,000-a-year public school – attended by Prince William and Harry – is accused of seven counts of sex assault on three alleged victims.
Matthew Mowbray also faces three counts of making indecent photographs of boys, and one count of voyeurism.
He was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in May last year and charged on Monday.
Boys have now been offered on-site counselling and a dedicated NSPCC helpline has been set up.
'WELLBEING TOP PRIORITY'
Eton College Head Master Simon Henderson has written to boys and their parents.
The March 3 letter said: “He was suspended from work on the day of his arrest, has not been resident in Eton since that date and has now been dismissed.”
The Head Master revealed cops sent computers and electronic devices used by Mowbray at the 600-year-old school for analysis.
He said: “The welfare and wellbeing of the boys is Eton’s top priority and we continue to do all we can to support those affected."
SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE
Mowbray, who has been bailed, faces a crown court trial later this year.
A court order had initially been made barring the publication of his full name and the fact he worked at Eton, but The Sun's barrister Jude Bunting and other publishers successfully challenged the order this afternoon.
Former pupils at Eton College, near Windsor in Berkshire, includes 19 former Prime Ministers, current PM Boris Johnson and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton has been called ‘the chief nurse of England’s statesmen’ due to the number of pupils who go on to hold high office.
The school, which has 1,300 pupils, is renowned for its academic excellence. Almost all of the boys go on to study at top universities with a third attending Oxford or Cambridge.
Facilities include a 400-seat theatre; Dorney Lake which hosted the 2012 Olympic rowing events; two swimming pools; 30 cricket pitches and 24 football and hockey pitches.
It also has two libraries, a vast collection of fine and decorative art including works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and J. M. W. Turner and three museums. Fees are £12,900 per term and there are 1,200 applicants for the 250 places available each year.
The Good Schools Guide states: “Etonlooks for that extra “Je ne sais quoi” – a quality that is more about character and personality than bolt-on achievements.”