Judge lets groping Sir go free
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.”