June 2015

Teacher who had sex with a pupil has been jailed for over 3-years

Kevin Rich

28-year-old Kevin Rich formerly of West Street, Gravesend, admitted three counts of abusing a position of trust when he appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on 15th May.

On Thursday, 25th June, he appeared before the court again and was sentenced to 3-years and 4-months in prison.

Rich was teaching in a Dartford school when he struck up a friendship with a 15-year-old student.

The pair exchanged messages via social media sites and on one occasion in June last year he met the girl and had sex with her.

The offences came to light when a friend of the girl alerted her mother to the relationship.

Rich was interviewed under caution initially, but denied any involvement with the student, claiming she had a crush on him.

Further evidence came to light and Rich was arrested where he refused to answer questions. Due to evidence that the officers established along with CCTV of Rich and the student at a pub where he bought her alcohol and they spent the evening playing darts, he was charged with these offences on 10th February this year.

Rich has been ordered not to contact the victim and must also sign onto the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Officer in charge of the case DC Fleur Hardie, said: ‘Rich preyed on a young girl who had been entrusted into his care. He completely abused the position he was privileged to be in for his own self-gratification.

His victim and other witnesses have been brave in coming forward and helping us to secure this conviction.

I hope the sentence will give the victim a sense of closure and allow her to move on with her life.’