Married Eton College teacher, 49, arrives at court accused of nine sexual assaults on young students while working at £40,000-a-year school
- Matthew Mowbray is accused of a string of sex offences involving young boys
- He denied nine counts of sexual activity with a child at Reading Crown Court
- Detectives had been investigating allegations after initially arresting him in 2019
A married Eton College teacher today arrived at court accused of a string of sex offences.
Father-of-two Matthew Mowbray, 49, denied nine counts of sexual activity with a child in front of a packed courtroom at Reading Crown Court.
Mowbray arrived at court today wearing a black face mask and carrying a laptop computer bag.
Father-of-two Matthew Mowbray is seen arriving at court today wearing a black face mask and carrying a laptop computer bag
Mowbray denied nine counts of sexual activity with a child in front of a packed courtroom
Detectives had been investigating allegations for 10 months after initially arresting the teacher in May 2019.
Mowbray was accused of nine sexual assaults on young students over a 10 year period while working at the world-renowned school, which had previously been attended by Princes William, Prince Harry and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Today the jury of six men and six women was selected and then sent away before the trial could be opened.
Mowbray, of Locks Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, was expected to stand trial at Reading Crown Court over a fortnight with as many as 28 witnesses expected to give evidence.
Seats in the public gallery were reserved for five members of the different complainants’ family members and four seats were reserved for the family of Mowbray.
The 600-year-old £40,000-a-year Eton College, founded by King Henry VI, lies just across the River Thames from the Royal Berkshire town of Windsor.
The 600-year-old school, founded by King Henry VI, lies just across the River Thames from the Royal Berkshire town of Windsor
The college – which hosts 1,300 pupils – charges £12,900 per term and is renowned for its academic excellence with a third of the boys attending the top Oxford or Cambridge universities.
The trial is set to be opened by prosecutors John Price QC and barrister Charles Ward-Jackson.