Former teacher and football coach jailed for child sexual offences - Harpenden and Dunstable

02/05/2017

A former PE teacher and youth football coach appeared at Cambridge Crown Court today, Tuesday, 2 May 2017, and was given an extended sentence of 24 years for child sexual offences against a young boy.

Michael Smee, aged 39, of Aylward Drive, Stevenage, was sentenced today after being found guilty, by a jury, of raping a child under 13, and pleading guilty to causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, sexual assault on a child under 13, and three counts of sexual activity with a child.

The court was told that Smee groomed the boy by buying him gifts and taking him on trips. The offences took place between June 2015 and April 2016 in Hertfordshire.

The Judge passed a 16-year custodial sentence with an 8-year extension, when Smee will be on licence. It means he cannot apply for parole until he has served two thirds of the 16-year term. When he is released he will be on licence until the end of the 24-year extended sentence. The Judge also made a restraining order banning Smee from contacting the victim or his family until a further order and he must sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Frances Bush, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Smee took advantage of a position of trust as a teacher and football coach to commit these terrible acts.

"It is thanks to the victim's bravery in coming forward and the hard work of specialist CPS prosecutors that Smee will not be able to continue his offending."

Detective Constable Zoe Maddison, who was the investigating officer, said: "Smee abused his position of trust as a teacher and football coach to groom his young victim over a significant period of time.

"The victim's family trusted Smee and they have been left devastated by what has happened.

"I hope that, following Smee's conviction and his substantial prison sentence, his victim is now, with support, able to rebuild his life and move forward.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the victim for his bravery throughout the criminal investigation and court proceedings."