23 December 2015
Former Private School Teacher Extradited to Face Child Sex Abuse Charges
A former teacher at a Suffolk private school who was extradited from France to face a number of child sex abuse charges in the UK has appeared in court.
Gerard Singer, who lives near Calais, is a French national but is believed to have worked at St George’s School in Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, Suffolk in the early 1980s. He was brought back to the UK by officers from Suffolk Police and formally charged with 34 child sex abuse offences – including indecent assault and gross indecency – all of which related to former pupils who were just nine and 10 at the time.
Singer, 68, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 5 January for a preliminary hearing. He will be remanded in custody until he returns to the same court on Friday 11 March for a plea and case management hearing.
St George’s School has been the focus of an ongoing Suffolk Police investigation since 2009.
Codenamed Operation Racecourse, the investigation led to the conviction of former headmaster, Derek Slade, who was given a 21-year prison sentence in 2010 for abusing pupils.
Gerard Singer is believed to be the fifth former St George’s teacher to have been arrested as part of the investigation.
Anyone with any information in connection with alleged abuse carried out by Gerard Singer – or any abuse believed to have been committed at St George’s School – is advised to contact Suffolk Police at this time.
Jessica Standley is an associate solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London who specialises in child abuse cases.
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