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Former foster carer and ex-teacher denies sexually assaulting two girls

Pictured is Christopher Metcalfe, 71, of Cross Lane, Blidwirth, who has denied two counts of indecent assault and one count of cruelty.
Pictured is Christopher Metcalfe, 71, of Cross Lane, Blidwirth, who has denied two counts of indecent assault and one count of cruelty.

A former foster carer and ex-teacher has been accused of sexually assaulting two young girls and abusing his position of authority and trust.

Derby Crown Court heard on September 18 how Christopher Metcalfe, 71, of Cross Lane, Blidworth, allegedly put his hand up the skirt of one complainant and allegedly subjected her to cruelty at a farm in South Normanton.

Pictured is Derby Crown Court.

Pictured is Derby Crown Court.

Mr Metcalfe is also accused of touching the private parts of another youngster and allegedly French kissing her at the former Bolsover swimming baths when she was a pupil of the accused’s at a Derbyshire primary school.

Prosecuting barrister Sarah Knight told the ongoing trial Mr Metcalfe is accused of abusing the two girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when he was aged in his 30s and they were aged between nine and ten.

She said: “It seems they were experiencing a sinister side to Mr Metcalfe when he would insidiously sexually abuse them.

“The sexual abuse they each complain of was similar to one another and took place about the same time.”

One of the complainants complained to police in 2016 after officers had launched a general inquiry into possible abuse of children and she also complained that the accused had hit her with a belt and locked her in an animal outhouse with biting geese.

The other complainant, who had since been living in America as an adult, came forward in 2014 to claim Mr Metcalfe had sexually molested her during a school trip to the swimming baths.

Mrs Knight added: “Christopher Metcalfe was in a position of authority and in a position of trust. He was a teacher and he was a foster carer.”

She added: “The prosecution case is that he plainly took advantage to interfere with the complainants and nobody suspected a thing at the time because he was a respected man.”

Mr Metcalfe told police he did not recall one of the complainants and he denied he had done anything inappropriate regarding the second complainant.

The court heard that Mr Metcalfe had been subject to a previous trial where he was acquitted on two different counts of indecent assault concerning separate complaints from each of the complainants,

But that trial jury could not agree on a verdict concerning the accusations which Mr Metcalfe is now facing again as part of further trial.

Mr Metcalfe, who later taught at Skegby Hall, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecent assault and one of cruelty from the late 70s.