Lloyd Dennis, a former primary school teacher, has admitted a string of sexual assaults against two young boys.
Dennis appeared at Southampton Crown Court earlier this week where he pleaded guilty to 10 sexual offences against one of the children, including raping him when he was just seven years old.
The 10 offences, which were committed between September 2013 and November 2014, included two counts of rape, two counts of sexual activity, two sexual assault charges and four counts of causing or inciting the boy to engage in sexual activity.
The court also heard how Dennis, 33, indecently assaulted his second victim in the late 1990s.
Years of Abusing a Position of Trust
In pleading guilty to abusing two young boys, Lloyd Dennis admitted to abusing the trust placed in him by pupils and parents alike.
Dennis had a successful career as a primary school teacher and taught at various primary schools throughout Hampshire, including brief spells teaching at Bitterne Park and Sinclair primary schools in Southampton.
He was a Year 5 teacher at Bishop's Waltham Junior School for almost three years before leaving in 2010 to work at Cadland Primary School in Holbury. He stayed at Cadland for 18 months before taking up a senior leadership post in April 2012 at the Holy Family Catholic Primary School partnership in Southampton.
Dennis later worked as a college lecturer at the Basingstoke College of Technology, where he was eventually arrested. He faces 20 charges in total, including possessing indecent images of children.
At the court hearing, the level of offending was described as extremely serious, with the prosecution saying, “It's all the more serious considering the age disparity.”
Dennis was remanded in custody and faces sentencing at Southampton Crown Court on Thursday 5th November.
Richard Scorer is Head of the Abuse Team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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