Shropshire teacher, 40, faces child sex charge

A history teacher from a school in Shropshire was due to appear in court today accused of sexual activity with an under-age girl.

Shropshire teacher, 40, faces child sex charge

David Timmins, who works at Ercall Wood Technology College in Wellington, is accused of sexual activity with a child. The 40-year-old is said to have had a relationship with the teenage girl, who cannot be named, this year. He was suspended from his position last month.

Telford & Wrekin Council revealed today the teacher was suspended on September 10 as soon as the allegations came to light.

Police were called in to investigate and Timmins, of Coton Hill, Shrewsbury, was arrested on Friday and later charged.

He appeared at Telford Magistrates Court on Saturday, where he was remanded in custody to appear back before justices today.

Telford & Wrekin Council spokesman Nigel Newman said: "Mr Timmins was suspended from his post on September 10, as soon as we were aware of the allegation.

"As this matter is subject to ongoing court proceedings, we cannot make any further comment."

West Mercia Police spokeswoman Denise Wakefield added: "Police can confirm that we arrested a man on Friday on suspicion of sexual activity with a child.

"He was interviewed by police and later charged.

"He appeared before magistrates at Telford on Saturday, where he was remanded in custody."

According to Timmins' Facebook page, he was a student at Oswestry College in 1992 and 1993 before moving on to study History & Literature at the University of Glamorgan.

Formerly from Oswestry, he qualified as a teacher after completing his training at Swansea University in 1997.

He worked as Pupil Progress Manager and was a member of the senior management team at Ercall Wood, in Golf Links Lane, in the last academic year.

He had special responsibility for behaviour, attendance and child protection.

By Wayne Beese

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