Alexander Eldridge Biography
Alexander Eldridge, a reception class teacher convicted in 2018 of sexually assaulting two girls, was acquitted yesterday of abusing a third boy.
Alexander Eldridge, now 37, is alleged to have touched the four-year-old boy at a school in East Hertfordshire in 2017.
Eldridge, who now lives in Street, Somerset, denied four charges of sexual assault on a boy under the age of 13 between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, and was acquitted at St Alban’s Crown Court.
The jury heard that he denied touching that girl and that he was wrongfully convicted in 2018 of crimes against the other two children.
Alexander Eldridge is 37-years-old.
Prosecutor Michael Williams said that Eldridge
Prosecutor Michael Williams said Eldridge was the receiving class teacher from 2011 until his suspension in 2017 when the first complaint was filed.
The girl in this week’s case said nothing until December 2020, three years later, when she told her mother, who called the police.
When she was asked, Eldridge denied touching the girl.
He was jailed for four years in 2018 for abusing two young men.
In May 2017, Eldridge texted parents to tell them that the next day there would be a break from lessons and they would have a “water day” instead.
The children were told to bring clothes to get wet, as well as a towel.
The headmaster of the school in East Hertfordshire agreed, believing that the water day would serve some educational purpose in relation to the maths curriculum.
The children changed and went out to play in a paddling pool, on a slide, with buckets and a bubble machine.
When the session ended, Eldridge returned to his classroom, where there were no other staff members, and helped a five-year-old girl change.
Alone with the young woman, he sexually assaulted her.
Alexander Eldridge in Custody
Alexander Eldridge also secretly filmed another young woman’s skirt while she was sitting on her lap.
Passing sentence at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Stephen Warner told the 33-year-old: “These offenses involved a serious breach of trust.”
‘As a primary school teacher for these children, their parents entrusted them to his custody.’
The judge added: “It is quite clear that he had an inappropriate sexual interest in girls of this age and older girls, adolescents.”
Alexander Eldridge, 37, had already been jailed for sexual abuse of two children
The new charge had seen him accused of touching a four-year-old girl at school.
He denied it and was acquitted at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday.