School carer in child sex abuse case found dead

A former Comet country school carer has been found dead after failing to appear at court on charges of child sex abuse.

The former head of care at a special school in Comet country has been found dead after failing to appear at trial to answer charges of child sex offences.

David Harris, who lived and worked at Hilltop Special Boarding School in Stevenage where he was responsible for the welfare of pupils, was found dead by in bed by police after they forced their way into his Plymouth home on Wednesday May 5.

Mr Harris had failed to appear for trial the previous day at Luton Crown Court charged with 30 sexual offences against five boys at the school between 1972 and 1990. The school is now closed.

Five men in their 30s and 40s were due to give evidence. The case has now been closed.

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A cause of death has yet to be established.

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