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London - Rape charges at porn-sacking school

A primary teacher has been charged with the rape and sexual assault of a young girl.

Robert Stringer, 56, is accused of raping his victim three times and sexually assaulting her a further eight times between June and December 2007.

He faces further claims of indecent assault against another girl between 1999 and 2000. Both children were under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Mr Stringer was sacked from Canonbury Primary in Islington earlier this year. The action was taken after it emerged that he was being investigated for showing the film Shakespeare in Love, which includes sex scenes, to children at another school.

It is understood the alleged sex attack victims came forward after publicity in the local and national media about his dismissal.

Canonbury Primary, whose pupils include one of London Mayor Boris Johnson's children and a child of Lord Adonis, the transport minister, has suffered setbacks this year. Jay Henderson, the head, was sacked this month after being caught watching pornography on the internet at work.

The majority of governors resigned earlier after claims that teachers were not properly vetted.

A police spokesman said Mr Stringer was released on bail to appear at Uxbridge magistrates' court on June 4. dm.

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