Paedophile headteacher's one-word response as he's arrested

A bodycam footage has captured the moment a paedophile headteacher from north Wales was arrested by police. 66-year-old Neil Foden, who was headteacher Ysgol Friars in Bangor and the strategic head of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle in Penygroes, was later charged with child sex offences.

A police investigation and prosecution on Monday, July 1, concluded with a judge at Mold Crown Court in Flintshire condemning the headteacher's behaviour and sentencing him to a total of 17 years in prison. A video, shared by North Wales Live, shows a police officer speaking to Foden in an office.

During the video, the police officer says: "Mr Foden, unfortunately I need to arrest you on suspicion of sexual touching a child and sexual communications with a child." In response, Foden says: "Right".

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The police officer then reads him his rights and says: "You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention something, when questioned, which you later rely on in court." He says: "OK."

The officer then says: "Anything you do say may be given in evidence." The judge, His Honour Rhys Rowlands, called the defendant an "arrogant" and "bombastic" individual who had shown not an ounce of remorse for his four victims, who were targeted over a five-year period. You can sign up to our regular Crime and Punishment newsletter here.

Foden, of Gwynant in Old Colwyn, was convicted by a jury in May of 19 offences. Foden was convicted of 12 counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of sexual activity with a child in a position of trust, causing or inciting child sexual activity, attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, sexual communication with a child, possession of indecent photographs of a child and sexual assault of a child. He was found not guilty on one charge relating to a fifth child. You can read more here.

The jury of seven women and five men delivered their verdicts on the defendant after a three-week trial. On Monday, July 1, he was jailed for 17 years. The judge told Foden, who will be 67 next month, that he would serve two-thirds of his sentence in custody.