April 2015

Pervert teacher jailed for sexual activity with pupil

A student turned teacher who studied at Ryde School has been jailed for a total of 9 months after reportedly taking the virginity of one of his pupils at a £29,000-a-year mainland school.

24-year-old Edward Moore, a choirmaster at King Edward’s School in Witley, Surrey, has been jailed this week after admitting two counts of abusing a position of trust and sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 17 years.

Moore developed a close relationship with the 16-year-old pupil but their friendship blossomed into a sexual relationship over the summer of 2013. Guilford Crown Court heard on Friday how the pair traveled together to the Isle of Wight on trips away.

The victim, who remains unnamed for legal reasons, lost contact with Moore and later rang the charity Childline after feeling suicidal. She confessed about situation with Moore to a school chaplain, who was obliged to tell the school.

Despite Moore’s early admission of guilt and previous ‘exemplary’ character, in sentencing Judge Moss said it was ‘impossible’ to avoid imposing an immediate custodial sentence.

Moore has been jailed for 9 months, will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register and will be barred from working with children.

April 2015

Choirmaster at £29,000-a-year private school ‘took teenage pupil’s virginity in his office after she confided in him that she’d been abused by ANOTHER teacher’ 

A choirmaster at an exclusive private school took a vulnerable student’s virginity just months after she confided in him that she had been abused by another music teacher, a court heard.

Edward Moore was working in his first job as assistant director of music at King Edward’s School in Witley, Surrey, when he had consensual sex with the female student in his office.

After the incident, the 24-year-old said to her: ‘Oh my God, you have to forgive me, you will hate me one day.’

Moore, from Ascot, Berkshire, was jailed for nine months on Friday after admitting two counts of abusing a position of trust and sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 17 years.

He had only been working for a few months when he began to grow close to the student.

The girl came to him in November 2012 to reveal she had been touched inappropriately by another music teacher when she was aged just 13.

The teacher, Roger Sanders, was charged with multiple counts of indecent assault and handed a four-month suspended sentence in March 2014 for touching her legs, bottom and breasts.

Moore, who was the girl’s choirmaster, had only been at the school for a few months. 

Gary Ponds, prosecuting at Guildford Crown Court, told how Moore had taken on a counselling role for the traumatised young girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

He said: ‘Their relationship over time developed until it was past the point of a proper teaching relationship.’

While Moore did not teach the girl he was in position of authority as her choirmaster.

After rumours began circulating at the £29,000-a-year school, which Sally Bercow previously attended, the headmaster warned Moore not to spend any more time alone with the pupil or let her into his office.

But their friendship turned into a sexual relationship over the summer of 2013. They sometimes spent Friday nights together and secretly travelled to Westminster Abbey and the Isle of Wight on trips. 

Mr Ponds said that on one Friday Moore asked if the student wanted have sexual intercourse.

He continued: ‘She agrees and that is what happened. She made it clear that she was a virgin at the time.

‘It was abundantly clear throughout that this was an emotionally fragile girl.’ 

There was no further sexual activity and Moore, who did not use a condom, cut communication with the pupil. She later rang Childline because she was feeling suicidal and confessed about the tryst to a school chaplain, who was obliged to tell the school.

Judge Peter Moss said the impact of Moore’s offending had forced the schoolgirl to move to another school and left her with ‘long term implications on her education and her future dreams’.

He described her as a ‘bright and ambitious girl’.

He added: ‘Her emotions have been in a high degree of mess because of your actions.

‘You knew of her vulnerabilities, that is how you came to be in the proximity. Taking her on trips amounts to a grooming of her. 

‘It appears by this stage she was starry-eyed and in love with you and you expressed the same to her.

‘The following week you took her virginity without a condom. These are all aggravating features.

‘You stole her innocence.’ 

Moore, dressed in a white shirt and blue tie, wiped his eyes as details of his victim’s trauma were read to the court. 

Rina-Marie Hill, defending, said Moore had struggled to cope with the pressure of hearing the details of the student’s previous abuse in his first term of work, having no experience of teaching or any training.

She said: ‘He wasn’t allocated the complainant to look after, she came to him and for a significant time their relationship was a proper student-teacher relationship.

‘The activity ceased because of Mr Moore’s actions – he realised he had gone too far and he distanced himself from the complainant.’

The choirmaster described the two instances of sexual activity over two weeks as a ‘horrific mistake’ that he would ‘pay for for the rest of his life,’ the court heard.

Ms Hill added: ‘He will never teach again and he will have this conviction on his record for the rest of his life.’ 

Judge Moss told the court he found it ‘impossible’ to avoid imposing an immediate custodial sentence, despite Moore’s early admission of guilt and previous ‘exemplary’ character.

Sentencing he said: ‘It is abundantly clear that you have much to offer and that this is out of character.

‘But the message must be understood by those in positions of trust, however young.

‘You were 23, an intelligent man who knew what you were dealing with. You knew that she had immature, young and fragile emotions and there can be no mercy for someone who abuses that.’ 

Moore will also be put on the Sex Offenders Register and will be barred from working with children.