A MATHS teacher has been charged with five counts of sexually assaulting three female pupils.

Yaser Amin, who taught at Witton Park High School, in Blackburn, is alleged to have inappropriately touched the girls on school premises.

The 31-year-old, of Whalley New Road, Blackburn, was remanded on bail and is due to appear before magistrates on August 14.He is no longer teaching at the Buncer Lane school.

Police said the pupils allegedly involved in the assaults were interviewed by specially trained officers, which enabled them to bring the charges.

Parents of children at the business and enterprise college, said they were ‘gob smacked’ to learn of the allegations.

Dean Logan, headteacher at Witton Park High School, said the school was fully complying with the police investigation.

He said: "Currently I am unable to provide details regarding this matter as it is still ongoing with the police.

“However, as a school we have done all within our powers to act.

“The member of staff is no longer a teacher at Witton Park High School."

Amin was arrested in December 2012 and he was charged with the allegations on Wednesday (July 31).

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Yaser Amin, 31, of Whalley New Road, Blackburn, has been charged with five counts of sexual activity with a child.

“The offences allegedly happened between January 1 2012 and June 30 2012 against three girls.

“He has been bailed to appear before Blackburn Magistrates on August 14.”

Basharat Ditta of Richmond Solicitors said his client will be contesting the allegations vigorously.

Mr Ditta said: “Mr Amin strongly denies any inappropriate behaviour and looks forward to clearing his name in court.

“As matters are now subject to court proceedings it would be improper to make further comment.”