Lancashire teacher cleared of sex assaults on pupils
A jury at Preston Crown Court took just 20 minutes to acquit Peter Wilson of touching and kissing young girls indecently at a Lancashire primary school. Mark George QC represented the defendant.
At the start of the defence case, Mark George QC said: âMr Wilson doesnât dispute there are occasions when he touches children and he says, entirely appropriately."
âOn occasions he thought praising a child was a good idea, to encourage them and if they had done good work and, maybe at the same time, to pat them on the shoulders or clasp both shoulders together to say âwell doneâ.
âNowadays, it seems as if encouragement, a clasp of the shoulders, or a pat on the shoulders, or pat on the arm can be misunderstood and lead to someone like Mr Wilson becoming the subject of suspicion and a case of this sort.â
After the case, Mr Wilson spoke of their âhorrible ordealâ and told of his delight at having his reputation restored. âThe past 18 months or so have been the most stressful of my life and my wifeâs,â he said. âMy greatest distress was that as a result of these unfounded allegations, social services were present at the birth of our first child and I was required to sign an agreement to say that I could not live in the same house as my wife and newborn baby.â