A former teacher from West Lynn, convicted on Thursday of sex offences, must wait to hear his fate as sentence was adjourned.
John Redman, 51, of Kempe Road, West Lynn, was found guilty by a jury at Norwich Crown Court of sexual assault on a 14-year- old boy and three other offences of having unsupervised contact with that boy and another one.
Science teacher, Redman, who had taught at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, was remanded on bail for sentencing until December 21.
Redman was the subject of a sex offenders prevention order (SOPO) imposed in April 2011, which prevented him from having unsupervised contact with boys aged under 16. However, he had claimed the alleged incident did not take place.
The 14-year-old told the court he had known Redman for two years and had carried out “odd jobs” for him.
He had told the court that he had gone to Redman’s house to be paid but after being invited in for coffee, Redman had placed him in a “headlock” and molested him.
Redman was found to have sexually assaulted the boy on July 31 this year, to have breached his SOPO between April and August in relation to the boy and another boy.
He was also found to have invited the 14-year-old into his house even though he was prohibited from doing so under the terms of an SOPO made by Norwich Crown Court in April 2011.
In his evidence the boy said: “I went to his house to get my money and see if he’s got another job. He offered me a cup of coffee and we sat in his living room and just talked. I was looking at models he had and he got me in a headlock and kept rubbing my back.”
Redman trained at Terrington High School, and became a teacher, before going on to work at Smithdon.
Nicola May, prosecuting, told the court that the boy who was assaulted had confided in his grandmother, describing Redman as a “pervert”, and claimed he kissed him on the lips.
Miss May said the grandmother had urged him to tell his mother, which he did, and the police were contacted.
However, Redman claimed in an interview with police that, because of a prostate problem, he had no sexual feelings and alleged that the boy had “threatened to go to the police after his (Redman’s) money ran out”.
Ronnie Berganthal, mitigating, said his client was an RAF aircraft engineer in the Gulf for 12 years before returning to change career, going on to work as a science teacher.