15 December 2015
Sandon School Music Teacher found Guilty of Child Sex Abuse
A music teacher has been jailed for 11 and a half years for sexually abusing teenage girls at the school where he worked.
Kieran Hope, 33, taught at Sandon School in Chelmsford and was found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court of seven counts of sexual activity with a child.
The court heard how Kieran Hope abused his position of trust to become a sexual predator and targeted three teenage girls between 2012 and 2014. His offences ranged from inappropriate touching to engaging in a full sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
The police investigation was launched in May 2014 after one of his victims confided in a friend who then encouraged her to come forward. It is reported that he bombarded one of his victims with more than 3,000 text messages in a single month.
Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of abuse lawyers are currently representing more than 800 survivors of abuse, including many who have been abused by teachers and those in positions of authority at institutions such as schools, both state and private.
We know it takes immense courage for survivors to come forward and report abuse by someone in such a position of power and authority in their lives. We also know the immense damage that such abuse can cause and our thoughts are with the three girls and their families at what must be an extremely difficult time.
Kim Harrison is a personal injury solicitor and abuse specialist at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of abuse lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of abuse, including many people who have survived abuse at public schools.
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