This news cutting first appeared on the EDP website on 15th September (here)
A Norwich teacher denied allegations that he had raped and sexually assaulted a young girl when he was interviewed about the matter by police, and described it as a “horrendous” accusation, a court heard.
Philip Bugg, pictured above, a PE teacher at Sewell Park College, formerly Blyth-Jex, is accused of one charge of rape, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual activity with a child. He is also charged with three counts of cruelty.
Bugg, 37, a former semi-professional footballer, of Philip Drive, Poringland, has denied all the charges.
Norwich Crown Court heard the offences are alleged to have taken place over a three-year period, but it was not until later that the girl made the allegations of physical and sexual abuse to the police after she told her boyfriend and eventually spoke to a counsellor at school.
This then led to social services and the police being involved. In police interviews read to the jury, Bugg denied all the allegations and said the girl, whose name is protected for legal reasons, must have made it all up.
He told police: “She is lying for whatever reason.”
He denied he had ever acted cruelly towards the girl, or sexually touched her in any way.
He told police the allegations were “totally untrue” and said: “It is a horrendous accusation to make. I can’t understand it.”
He also denied saying to the girl that what happened was “their little secret” and she was not to tell anyone.
Bugg said: “That is not true.”
The trial continues.