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Last Updated: Friday, 10 November 2006, 16:43 GMT
Rape charge for school board boss
Plymouth Magistrates' Court
Alex Wood faced the charges at Plymouth Magistrates' Court
The chairman of a board of governors at a Devon school has resigned after being charged with the rape of a child under 13 and child pornography offences.

Alex Wood, 59 - former governor at Tavistock College - appeared in court charged with rape, procuring a child for sex and arranging sex with a child.

He was also charged with distributing indecent images of children.

Charges came after an investigation by Kent Police. Devon County Council said they did not relate to anyone in Devon.

Parents informed

Mr Wood, from Kilworthy Hill, Tavistock, appeared in front of magistrates in Plymouth on 4 November and remanded in custody to appear at Plymouth Crown Court on 16 February 2007.

As well as the child sex offences, he was charged with five counts of possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

Devon County Council said Mr Wood had resigned with immediate effect, and had also resigned as a member of the governing body.

Mr Wood has also been removed by the council from the governing body of St Rumon's Infants School in Tavistock.

The charges did not relate to any offences at Tavistock College or St Rumon's, the county council said.

Tavistock College Principal Colin Eves said: "I have written to parents today informing them of Mr Wood's resignation.

"The matter is subjudice and, because of these proceedings, I can make no further comment."

Mr Eves said the day-to-day operation of the college would continue as normal.

The chairman of governors at St Rumon's, James McQueen, said: "We have spoken to parents this afternoon about these allegations.

"Mr Wood has been removed as governor. I can say no more while a court case is pending."

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