History teacher, 58, at £15,000-a-year Bournemouth Collegiate School indecently assaulted girl pupil almost a dozen times in his classroom before telling her ‘well done’, court hears
A history teacher at a private school repeatedly assaulted a girl pupil almost a dozen times in his classroom before telling her ‘well done’, a court has heard.
Philip Mulcahy, 58, is alleged to have indecently touched the girl almost a dozen times in two years while at the £15,000-a-year Bournemouth Collegiate School.
He is said to have made her stay behind after class to ‘discuss’ her work before closing the door and touching her beneath a table.
On other occasions the student described how he touched her under her bra and underwear, a jury heard.
While on a school trip the married teacher allegedly cornered her in a hotel lift and assaulted her.
The girl eventually confided in an adult about what happened to her and Mulcahy was arrested, the court heard.
He has gone on trial at Bournemouth Crown Court where he denies three counts of sexual assault.
Philip Mulcahy, 58, is alleged to have indecently touched the girl almost a dozen times in two years while at the £15,000-a-year Bournemouth Collegiate School
He is said to have made her stay behind after class at the private school (pictured) to ‘discuss’ her work before closing the door and touching her beneath a table
Upon hearing the claims, Mr Mulcahy, whose wife is an NHS midwife, told police he was ‘totally gobsmacked’ and accused the girl of lying.
Jodie Mittell, prosecuting, said the teacher ‘frequently and repeatedly’ abused the girl on school premises.
She said: ‘In an interview with police she struggled to find the words to explain what had happened so the (police officer) asked her some questions.
‘When asked which teacher had touched her she named Mr Mulcahy. When asked what happened, she said he would keep her behind after class.
‘She was invited to write down the names of the body parts he had touched. She wrote three words – legs, breast and waist. She agreed that it had happened lots of times.
‘She said it happened in the history room while she was sitting at her chair.
‘She said he kept her in because he needed to have a word with her. She related that he said she was doing well in class.
‘He got closer and closer to her. In her words he lifted her skirt up and touched her thigh area.
‘He said, “thank you and well done,” and let her go.’
Mrs Mittell continued: ‘She said it had happened lots of times and that as a result she was often late for her next lessons.
‘She told the police that she felt confused. She said she didn’t really understand what he was doing and that she felt really anxious.’
Upon hearing the claims, Mr Mulcahy, whose wife is an NHS midwife, told police he was ‘totally gobsmacked’ and accused the girl of lying
The girl told police that she was often ‘marked late’ for her lessons because of her encounters with Mulcahy, the court heard.
Mrs Mittell told the jury that another incident happened during a school trip while the girl was in year 9.
She added: ‘She said how he was alone with her in an elevator of a hotel – it was too full for her so her friends went up and she waited for the next one. Mr Mulcahy came down the hall and he also waited.
‘She said they were in there for about two minutes. She was wearing a dress and he touched her under her clothing. She said she was just standing still and was scared.
‘She said that when the elevator stopped she quickly left.’
The court heard that Mulcahy denied ever being alone with any pupil and said he was totally shocked by her allegations and didn’t know why she was ‘making it up’.
The trial continues.