School chaplain admits sexually assaulting teen

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PERVERT Robert Casey has been told he faces jail after admitting sexually assaulting a teenager.

Judge John Burgess issued the warning to the disgraced St John Houghton school chaplain at Derby Crown Court on Monday after he changed his not guilty plea at the start of his trial and admitted carrying out a sex act on an 18-year-old man in July 2010.

The victim is thought to be a former pupil at the Kirk Hallam Catholic school.

And this week headteacher Bernard Monaghan said he will be ‘doing everything he can to support pupils’.

“The governing body reassures all of the continuing commitment to ensuring and promoting the safety and wellbeing of every child entrusted to our care,” he added.

“This has been a difficult time for everyone involved and we are doing everything we can to support pupils, parents and staff so we can move forward together.”

Casey, of Ladywood Road, was suspended from his job at the Abbot Road school when he was charged last year.

And Mr Monaghan confirmed on Wednesday that Casey is no longer employed by the school.

At the hearing this week, Casey’s barrister Alwyn Jones said that his client had asked to be kept in custody until his sentencing, due to be held on Tuesday April 26.

Remanding the 49-year-old, the judge told him: “A custodial sentence is inevitable.”

Another charge against the same victim was ordered by the court to be kept on file and it is unlikely he will be prosecuted for this.