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Former school principal denies sexual abuse of children

A former secondary school principal accused of sex crimes against children told a girl he was “a bit horny” because he wanted to be “complimented”, a court has heard. Neil Foden told Mold Crown Court on Thursday he was not an “abusive adult” but described the message as “extremely stupid”.

The 66-year-old denies hunting five youths, who cannot be identified. The court heard in a message to a girl, referred to as Child A, that Foden said he was feeling “slightly horny”.




Foden, who said he had erectile dysfunction caused by a medical condition, told the court: “The sad reality is that Mr Foden couldn’t feel a little horny when he wanted to.” He admitted that he should have seen the girl that Wednesday.

He said: “It was meant to be something that complemented her, rather than a statement of fact. I hoped it would make her feel attractive.” Asked by Judge Rhys Rowlands to confirm the message was intended to be complimentary, Foden said: “I’m not for a moment trying to defend it as appropriate, your honor, but that is why it was sent.”

A video showing Child A sitting in the back of Foden’s car with his hand reaching back from the driver’s seat to hold her hand was shown to the court. Foden said: “I would do that if she was upset or sometimes when she got in the car she felt very down.”

He claimed he sent a message asking the girl for videos because he wanted to make sure she was okay, but denied asking her to send anything sexual or inappropriate. He accepted that she had sent him sexual images which he said made him “uncomfortable” and which he later tried to delete. He said he moved the messages to a secure folder, which required a PIN, because he thought they would be easier to delete in a separate folder.


The defendant, who is said to have had a pee fetish, denied pressing Child A’s bladder and making her urinate while she was in his car. He said the car was his first real “luxury vehicle” and told the court: “I definitely wouldn’t want anyone to pee in it or release bodily fluids in it.”

Foden, of Old Colwyn, Conwy, denies thirteen charges of sexual activity with a child, two charges of sexual activity with a child in a position of trust, and one charge of causing or inciting sexual activity in a child, in an attempt to commit regulate sexual activity. child sex offence, sexual communication with a child, possession of indecent photographs of a child and sexual assault of a child. The process continues.

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