Judge lets grop­ing Sir go free

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A TEACH­ING as­sis­tant who had a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a 15-year-old pupil has walked free from court and NOT been or­dered to sign the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter – be­cause he thought she 16.

An­drew Tet­ley, 28, de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship with the vic­tim af­ter she took a lik­ing to him, send­ing each other ex­plicit im­ages of them­selves.

The girl, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, did not have sex with him but they kissed and he groped her and they dis­cussed where they could have sex.

Tet­ley pleaded guilty to sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child as a per­son in a po­si­tion of trust, but he walked free from court af­ter hav­ing a six-month jail term sus­pended for two years, the judge at Pre­ston Crown Court say­ing he sus­pended the sen­tence be­cause Tet­ley, of Ley­land, Lancs, thought the girl was over the age of con­sent.

The court heard the pair met twice, both oc­ca­sions be­ing ini­ti­ated by the girl, who was weeks away from her 16th birth­day.

Dur­ing these meet­ings, they sat in Tet­ley’s car and talked and kissed, and on one oc­ca­sion he groped her.

Lisa Wors­ley, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “She said it was proper kiss­ing, with tongues.”

Dur­ing a po­lice in­ter­view, the girl said the pair had ex­changed a se­ries of ex­plicit mes­sages in­volv­ing their sex­ual fan­tasies and where they could have sex.

Miss Wors­ley added: “She sent him pic­tures of her up­per body naked and in un­der­wear.”

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