Prison governor facing jail over child sex offences

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A PRISON governor is facing a jail sentence after he was convicted of child sex offences.

Barry Cummings, wing governor at Durham’s female Low Newton Prison, was charged with four counts of intentional sexual touching of a girl under the age of 13, all said to have taken place in recent years.

Yesterday, the 49-year-old divorcee was led down to the cells at Durham Crown Court with a warning to expect a prison sentence when he returns to learn his fate next month.

Cummings denied the charges and the prosecution did not pursue one of them.

But the other three allegations were heard during five-day trial in which his victim gave evidence via a video link.

Alexia Zimbler, prosecuting, said the crimes came to light last summer when the girl told her mother.

When questioned, Cummings, who has been living at a bail address in Taylor Avenue, Bearpark, denied the allegations.

However, after he was charged he was suspended from his job.

A jury found him guilty of all three counts.