Ex-teacher is jailed af­ter sex with girls

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER Broms­grove teacher has been jailed af­ter groom­ing and then hav­ing sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with two pupils.

Richard Knight, formerly of Rain­bow Hill, Worces­ter, pleaded guilty to two counts of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a girl while in a po­si­tion of trust.

He was sen­tenced to two years in jail when he ap­peared at Worces­ter Crown Court on Fri­day.

The court heard how Knight, 53, groomed the pupils while em­ployed as a teacher at a se­condary school.

He be­gan sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with them which con­tin­ued on a reg­u­lar ba­sis un­til they turned 18.

Fol­low­ing the sen­tenc­ing, West Mer­cia Po­lice De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Lisa Dun­can said: “We wel­come the con­vic­tion and I hope it will of­fer some com­fort to the vic­tims who were ma­nip­u­lated by Knight over a pe­riod time.

“Dur­ing the time of the of­fences, Knight was in a po­si­tion of trust as a teacher at the school. The vic­tims have shown great courage in re­port­ing this to us and through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I hope this con­vic­tion will pro­vide re­as­sur­ance to other vic­tims of sex­ual of­fences, giv­ing them the con­fi­dence to re­port, and the con­fi­dence that they will be be­lieved and that po­lice will do ev­ery­thing to bring of­fend­ers to jus­tice.

“If any­one has been af­fected by this case, then I en­cour­age them to come for­ward and make a re­port to po­lice.”

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