COUNCILLOR and ex-teacher, Anthony Hampton, has been found not guilty of six charges of indecent assault on children.
Mr Anthony Hampton, 74, says he became a teacher in 1969. Then he became a Vale of Glamorgan councillor in 1991 and served for 10-11 years as chairman of the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC).
He had been charged with 20 counts of indecent assault involving four children, between the 1970s and 1990s. Hampton denied the charges.
Hampton was found not guilty of one charge of indecent assault on a boy under 14, and not guilty of two charges of indecent assault on a girl under 14.
He was also deemed not guilty of three charges of indecent assault on a girl under 16.
The jury at Cardiff Crown Court were unable to reach a verdict on the additional fourteen charges, which also claimed Anthony Hampton indecently assaulted children.
The judge ordered Mr Hampton’s discharge on the six charges he was cleared of.
The court previously heard claims he massaged and rubbed himself against children who were under 16 at the time.
One witness told the trial the abuse started when she was five, and included Mr Hampton lying on top of her and masturbating.
Mr Hampton had told the court: “I have no idea why these people are making things up… especially when they are friends.”
He said personal health problems would have prevented some of the acts he was accused of.
“These are simply false claims,” he had told the court.
It will be the prosecution’s decision whether or not there should be a retrial.