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Paedophile Headteacher’s Cynical Two Word Responses To Police Captured On Video

Video footage of a paedophile headteacher’s cynical police interview has been released. Disgraced head Neil Foden, 66, is seen answering “no comment” to every question asked by North Wales Police detectives.

Foden was found guilty by a jury of 19 of the 20 child sex offences and other offences involving children on Wednesday. In the footage from the Crown Prosecution Service, which has been released by North Wales Police, Foden is seen nonchalantly batting off questions from police, even refusing to reveal what his day job involved at various schools in Gwynedd.

In the footage the detective quizzing Foden asks: “So I’d have to ask, what is your role day to day as a headteacher?” To which Foden refuses to answer. The detective then asks: “What does a headteacher do in a school.” Foden again says he won’t be commenting.

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The detective adds: “I would imagine it would be budgets and making sure that staff are performing as they should and are carrying out their roles as they should. Would that be fair?” Foden again replies: “No comment.” You can sign up to our regular Crime and Punishment newsletter here

Following the three-week trial at Mold Crown Court Foden was charged with the offences against five girls, all of whom have lifelong anonymity. He was arrested after one of his victims showed an adult a photo of them together and screenshots about oral sex.

The defendant also met a victim in hotels but tried to claim their meetings were “coincidental”. As part of the investigation the further four victims were identified.

The judge His Honour Rhys Rowlands called Foden “arrogant and controlling” man who was used to getting his own way. He said some explanations for his behaviour “beggared belief”.

The court heard concerns about Foden were raised with Cyngor Gwynedd at an earlier stage. Judge Rowlands said: “When real concerns were first raised about the defendant with the county council they were simply dismissed, pretty much out of hand.”

He said no investigation was carried out and no notes were taken. He added: “We now know he continued to offend. That’s very concerning indeed.”

Foden was convicted of sexual activity with a child, using or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to arrange or incite sexual activity with a child by penetration, engaging in sexual communication with a child, two counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust and possession of an indecent photograph of a child, North Wales Live reported.

The judge adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be made. Foden is due to be sentenced at Mold Crown Court on July 1. The judge told him to expect a sentence of some length.

Speaking after the verdict, assistant chief constable Gareth Evans said: “We welcome the jury’s verdict following a difficult case and thank them for their diligent work. My thoughts remain with the victims and their families today, who have shown dignity and bravery throughout the trial and we will continue to support in moving forward.”

A Cyngor Gwynedd spokesperson said: “As a council we welcome the court’s decision. We are appalled by the nature of the crimes committed and commend and admire the remarkable courage and resilience the victims and their families have displayed throughout the process. As a result, pastoral arrangements put in place for pupils at the start of the criminal proceedings will continue for the foreseeable future. From the beginning of this case Cyngor Gwynedd has worked closely with North Wales Police to ensure that the Wales safeguarding procedures have been followed in full.

“Now that the criminal process has concluded the task of reviewing work practices and establishing what lessons can be learnt will begin. Due to the serious nature of the case arrangements are being made to carry out an independent review in accordance with national child practice review guidelines. The exact form of the review is currently being determined. Until all relevant investigations and reviews have been completed it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

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