THE judge in the case of a former teacher who admitted sexually abusing three young boys has adjourned sentencing a second while the prosecution weighs up further potential charges.

Paul Stevens, former housemaster at Abberley Hall School, near Wyre Forest, changed many of his pleas to guilty just a day after his trial began at Worcester Crown Court in May.

He admitted five counts of indecency with a child and 10 indecent assaults against boys.

The abuse included masturbation, using a shampoo bottle to carry out a sex act, sexual touching and oral sex.

Some of the counts reflected multiple incidents. One of the victims died in 2010.

After Stevens admitted the offences, judge Andrew Lockhart QC directed that the jury return unanimous guilty verdicts on those counts.

The jury was discharged from returning verdicts on the remaining 14 counts which will lie on file.

The 29 counts ran between January 1, 1983 and March 22, 1991.

At the time, Judge Lockhart said: “It seems other men in the interim have come forward and have complained about conduct towards them.”

He said he did not want to sentence Stevens ‘piecemeal’ but for the ‘overall picture’, including for any further charges the Crown may bring.

Stevens was due to appear at Warwick Crown Court on Friday (July 5).

However, a court spokesman said the sentencing has been put back again to July 22 at the request of the prosecution to allow more time for a decision on whether to proceed with further charges.

This decision will be made before the next hearing, he added.