A teacher at Fearns High School in Bacup, Lancashire, has been sent to prison for grooming and sexually abusing one of his young pupils.
Burnley Crown Court found Andrew Wilson, 48, guilty of five counts of indecent assault and sentenced him to 20 months in prison. He was also put on the sex offender’s register for 10 years.
Wilson, who pleaded guilty to all charges, abused a 14-year-old girl at the school during the 1990s. Up until his arrest in December 2014, he was known to have taught at several schools in the Northampton area.
Courage of Abuse Victims
Andrew Wilson abused the trust placed in him as a schoolteacher by deliberately grooming, and then abusing, a vulnerable young girl.
Wilson’s victim has been very courageous in coming forward, bravery which was praised by a senior police officer who hoped the victim will now find some closure and be able to move on with her life.
Det Con Mick Smith, from Lancashire Constabulary, went on to say: “I also hope the outcome of this case will encourage other victims to come forward and report crimes to the police safe in the knowledge that we are determined to bring those who commit sexual offences to justice, regardless of when they took place.”
Over the last few years, more and more survivors of abuse have found the courage to end years of silence by speaking out about what happened to them, confident in the knowledge that the criminal justice system will take their complaint seriously.
Victims of Andrew Wilson could also bring a personal injury claim in the civil courts under the principle of vicarious liability. This means that, where an employer/employee relationship exists – or a relationship that is ‘akin to employment’ – then the employer can be held liable for the actions of the employee carried out during the course of his job.
Richard Scorer is Head of the Abuse Team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
Slater and Gordon have the UK’s most experienced team of child abuse lawyers and are currently representing over 800 survivors of abuse, including many people who were abused by teachers when they were at school.
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