Eton College has been rocked by a string of child sex abuse allegations committed by a former master.
Jacob Leland, 35, was charged with 14 counts of sexual offences against a teenage boy while employed at the renowned private school between 2010 and 2012.
Leland, from Camden, North London is understood to have taught in the modern languages department.
He denied the charges at a hearing at Reading magistrates’ court on Wednesday.
The former teacher was charged with five counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a boy under 16, four counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy under 16, three counts of causing/inciting a boy under 16 to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual assault on a male.
Pictured, a general view of Eton College, an independent boarding school for boys. It was founded by King Henry VI it’s one of the most prestigious schools in the world
A spokesman for Eton College said: ‘Mr Leland taught at Eton from September 2010 until August 2012 and the charges, which are extremely serious, relate to his time working at the school.
‘Eton stands firmly beside those former pupils directly involved, who have acted with great courage and dignity throughout.
‘The welfare and wellbeing of our pupils is Eton’s top priority. When safeguarding concerns arise they are dealt with in accordance with our established processes and we always work closely with the relevant authorities where appropriate, as we have in this case.’