A music teacher has been accused of sexually assaulting eight teenage students at several secondary schools in central Scotland.
Keith Jenner, 55, a guitar and bass instructor who works at Falkirk Council, is facing trial for the alleged crime.
Jenner is also accused of directing “sexual verbal communication” among teenagers, and showing two schoolboys a video of a naked woman.
The alleged incidents are said to have taken place over a period of more than three years between January 1, 2017 and January 29, 2020.
It was reported at four high schools in Sterlingshire and one in West Lutheran.
In schools, Jenner is said to have sexually abused four 15- and 16-year-old schoolgirls, and four 13- to 15-year-old schoolboys.
He is said to have shown a video of the two attackers, aged 14 and 15, “partially dressed”.
Two other teenagers, a boy and a girl, both 16 at the time, were allegedly targeted by Jenner through sexual comments “for the purpose of seeking sexual gratification or humiliating, harassing or intimidating them.” ۔
They are not said to have actually been sexually abused.
Jenner of Bonnie Bridge, Stirlingshire has denied a total of 12 charges.
This includes eight counts of sexual assault, two of which direct sexual intercourse without consent, and two of forced viewing of a sexual image.
Defense agent Gordon Edison, appearing for Edinburgh lawyers in Falkirk Sheriff’s Court yesterday, said the Crown had agreed that the case would be adjourned until a procedural hearing later this month.
“So this is a joint movement. There are many reasons for this. One is that a new lawyer appears to be involved in this case and the other is that it is under discussion,” he said.
Prosecutor Alistair McDermott said time would allow the new lawyer to consult with Jenner.
Sheriff William Gilchrist continued the case until September 21, when a jury could set a date for the trial.
A spokesman for Falkirk Council, which hired Jenner, said today: “A number of allegations have been made against a staff member and he has been suspended as a result.
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