Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Trendy' drama teacher who smeared Nutella over infatuated 14-year-old is jailed

Andrew Wilson was jailed for 20 months and put on the sex offenders' register for 10 years. Credit: Lancashire Police
Andrew Wilson was jailed for 20 months and put on the sex offenders' register for 10 years. Credit: Lancashire Police


A drama teacher who smeared Nutella over the naked body of an infatuated 14-year-old has been jailed for 20 months.

Prosecutors said Andrew Willson even had the youngster pulled out of a science lesson so they could enjoy a romp at a friend's house.

He made sure that the girl was returned to the Rossendale school so she could catch the bus home, so her parents remained unaware, Burnley Crown Court was told.

He even befriended the girl's parents over a mutual love of Leeds United FC, the court was told.

Willson, then a teacher at Fearns High School, Bacup, Lancashire, teacher even kissed and groped the girl after her family had visited him and his wife at their new home down south, while attending a game, the court heard.

Prosecutor Emma Kehoe said that the pair then had full consensual sex for the first time - which had not resulted in a charge.

Willson, 48, now of Hollowell, Northampton, pleaded guilty to five offences of indecent assault from the mid-90s, when his victim was aged 14 or 15 and a pupil at the Staksteads school.

Ms Kehoe said when Willson arrived at Fearns he was a "trendy, young teacher" who was popular with a number of students at but especially the girls.

The victim, who met him while she was in Year Eight, shone at drama and was soon being cast in lead roles plays by the drama teacher, which involved her spending a lot of time in his company both inside and away from school.

Willson's first indecent assault on the girl occurred in his office at Fearns, when he kissed the youngster and rubbed her over her clothing, the court heard.

Ms Kehoe said: "As soon as any contact between them began she that she felt butterflies in her stomach.

"She was happy and loving the attention. She does not say anywhere that she was not fully co-operating with what she saw as a relationship with her teacher."

The court heard Willson would later kiss her while giving her a lift home and twice involved the girl in carrying out a sex act on him.

Philip Holden, defending, said his client had lost his job, his reputation, his marriage and would now lose his home.

Willson was anxious as he was the main carer for his severely-disabled 23-year-old son.

Jailing him, Judge Jonathan Gibson said he had given consideration as to whether the sentence could be suspended.

"It seems to me, given the pupil-teacher relationship, that simply cannot be," added Judge Gibson.

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