A POLICE investigation into sexual abuse at a North Devon school could gain momentum now that several more witnesses have come forward.
Last week the Journal revealed details of a teacher at Great Torrington School who is said to have had a sexual relation with an underage pupil in the 1990s.
Poppy Parsons, 31, from Northam, gave her account of the relationship she had with the teacher between 1995 and 1997.
Now is seems she was not the only victim. Others have contacted the Journal and police.
Detective sergeant Rob Back said: "Since the article last week we have had several calls from members of the public.
"It is too early to say whether this will help but nothing changes and we will be continuing with the inquiry in earnest."
One witness who has come forward said her relationship with the teacher ruined her GCSE results.
The former Great Torrington School pupil, who wished to remain anonymous, said she did everything with her teacher but full intercourse.
She was 16 when the relationship was in full swing and often she would join the teacher on nights out in Exeter.
She said: "I was naive where boys were concerned and it was flattering to be hit on.
"He said I would live with him after I had finished school.
"I thought it was serious, I took it at face value.
"He would be as brazen as saying during class "you look like you have had a heavy weekend" after we had spent the weekend together. I began challenging him in class."
The victim said she had her future mapped out and was planning on going to Exeter College, but instead she had to go to what was then North Devon College but dropped out after a year.
The victim gave evidence when the investigation first opened in 2011.
She said when she opened the letter from the police she felt angry.
She said: "I felt as though he really had led me on a song and dance.
"I could slap myself for it now, you don't realise how young you are.
"I can't see how it was missed at the time."