Mu­sic teacher jailed for two years af­ter he slept with two pupils

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -


A MU­SIC teacher from who had sex with two pupils at the school where he worked has been jailed for two years.

Richard Knight, from Tewkes­bury, groomed the teenage school­girls aged be­tween 13 and 17 - be­fore hav­ing af­fairs with them be­hind his wife’s back.

The 53-year-old had sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with both girls un­til they turned 18 af­ter he tar­geted them while work­ing at Broms­grove School, Worces­ter­shire.

Knight was ar­rested in Fe­bru­ary af­ter his sus­pi­cious part­ner con­tacted po­lice and he came clean about the af­fairs.

He pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to two charges of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with chil­dren aged be­tween 13 and

17 at Kid­der­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, Knight was jailed for two years at Worces­ter Crown Court.

A sex­ual preven­tion or­der was also put in place for 10 years, pre­vent­ing him from hav­ing un­su­per­vised con­tact with girls un­der the age of 16.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Jeremy Baker QC, told Knight the two vic­tims had “par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble” emo­tional back­grounds.

He said: “You knew that and that was why they were specif­i­cally tar­geted over and above other chil­dren at school.

“Your be­hav­iour was preda­tory and there was a sig­nif­i­cant de­gree of plan­ning.”

Knight, also pre­vi­ously the con­duc­tor of Malvern Fes­ti­val Cho­rus, taught both pupils at the school and be­gan the sec­ond af­fair af­ter the first one ended.

The court heard Knight’s wife had also been a pupil at a school while he was work­ing there, and they mar­ried in 2002, be­fore sep­a­rat­ing years later when she dis­cov­ered the first af­fair.

In a state­ment read out in court, one of the vic­tims said Knight had given her con­fi­dence but she could see now “he had taken ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion”.

The other vic­tim de­scribed how the re­la­tion­ship started with emails and texts, then kiss­ing be­fore more “in­ti­mate mo­ments” took place.

Sam Lans­dale, de­fend­ing, asked the judge to give Knight a sus­pended sen­tence and said “his ca­reer is clearly at an end”.

Knight left his £55,000-a-year job at Broms­grove School last year.

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