September 2013

‘Well-regarded’ man is jailed after abusing a teenage girl

A TUTOR has been jailed for sexual activity with a teenage girl.

Duncan Hanner appeared at Chichester Crown Court and was sentenced to 15 months in prison and banned from teaching under-16s.

Last month, the 53-year-old, of Caspian Close, Fishbourne, was found guilty of six counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

Hanner had pleaded not guilty throughout the case.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was aged 13 or 14 at the time of the offences, which happened at some point between 2008 and 2010.

Richard Hearnden, prosecuting, said: ‘Even though she was a child, she still feels guilty herself and upset because she couldn’t say anything at the time about the abuse.’

Defending, Victoria Maude said Hanner was a man of previous good character.

‘He’s well-regarded within his community of Fishbourne,’ she said.

Judge Robert Fraser said: ‘Young girls must be free from harmful influences like yours while they mature.

‘It was that vulnerability you took advantage of.’