Teacher Neil Carr cleared of sex abuse: "I feel sorry for the kids who accused me"
A teacher cleared of claims he sexually abused young boys in his classroom says he feels sorry for his accusers. Neil Carr was found not guilty of 20 sex offences at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
A five-week trial heard how the 25-year-old teacher had been set for a top career until a colleague overhead one of his pupils telling another: ‘Mr Carr is gay’.
An investigation was launched and one of the boys told his mother he had been molested.
That led to a string of further accusations as fury against Mr Carr was whipped up by children’s parents discussing the supposed abuse on the internet.
Mr Carr was suspended on Feburary 15 last year and later charged with a string of offences relating to seven boys.
But he was cleared after being defended in court by colleagues – including one classroom assistant who said she would be happy for him to teach her own kids.
Neil Carr spole to the M.E.N after the trial was over:
“Nothing can be as devastating for a teacher than finding out there have been allegations, especially sexual allegations, against you. From that point, I was removed from the school and didn’t know what was happening. The world was moving, but I was stood still. I was waiting and hoping and praying that someone along the way would say the truth and realise what’s happened, and it would all end.
“Unless you work as a teacher and know how a classroom works you can’t comprehend how unbelievable these accusations are. I can’t speculate on what the children’s motives were. These children have certain perceptions of me, and those perceptions have escalated through gossip and tittle-tattle.
“What was innocent gossip became malicious. There was no way back from that.
“It was a slow escalation, more children joining and adding details. It was a never-ending story. I feel sad for some of the children, because they were manipulated and encouraged along a certain path. For the others, I feel sorry that they lied. They never told the truth, but they have to live with that. Having these accusations made against me was like a dull ache that never went away. Each day, I woke up knowing that six months, or a year down the line I would be going on trial. That’s something I never thought would ever happen to me.
“I have always tried to be as truthful as I could be. All I had to defend myself was the truth.
“My family, work colleagues and friends have never wavered. They have always believed me and always supported me. They know me, they know how hard I worked to become a teacher and how much I love my job, and my career.
“As much stress as it was for me, I can’t comprehend how stressful it’s been for them. I can never repay them for their bravery to come to court and vouch for me. Any way I could repay them I would do. I haven’t made any plans for the future. You can’t make any plans in this kind of situation. As and when the school want me back, I would be happy to go back. I love my job.”
Defence barrister Marsha Myers said: “I have defended Neil Carr with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my might. Innocence and truth have prevailed. Justice has been done.
“We shall be eternally and profoundly grateful to the best jury in the world who have been faithful to their oaths and shown steadfast dedication in returning true and just verdicts.”
Read the full story: Manchester Evening News