School worker on sex charges

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AN AWARD-WINNING secondary school IT worker has appeared in court accused of a string of sex charges.

Christopher Lee Miller, an IT expert at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, has been charged with rape and six counts of sexual touching. Police arrested the 39-year-old on Friday, April 13, and he was suspended from his position at the Mapleton Road school.

It is understood the charges do not relate to activities at the college.

Miller has since appeared before Teesside Magistrates’ Court, in Middlesbrough, where he did not enter any pleas.

Miller, who has worked at the school that has 1,200 pupils for around 10 years, was remanded to appear before Teesside Crown Court on Friday, June 22.

He is thought to be from the Stockton area but is listed as having “no fixed abode” with the courts.

Miller was network manager when Dyke House was named the region’s top school when it comes to the use of technology at Becta’s ICT Excellence Awards in 2009.

Andrew Jordon, headteacher at Dyke House, said: “I can confirm that a member of the college’s non-teaching staff has been suspended in respect of allegations which do not relate to activities at the college.

“A police investigation is underway and it would therefore be inappropriate for the college to comment further at the present time.”

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman confirmed a probe is under way, adding: “A 39-year-old man has been charged with rape and sexual assault and will appear at crown court in June.”