Teacher cleared of sex assaults

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A teacher accused of sexually assaulting five pupils at a school in the Mirfield area has been found not guilty.

Brendan John O’Brien, 45, of Barnsley Road, Barnsley was cleared on all 17 counts by a jury at Leeds Crown Court today.

It had been alleged that he touched the youngsters’ genital area over their clothing.

O’Brien consistently denied that any of the offences ever happened.