Private tutor jailed for sexually assaulting pupil

20/05/2016

A private tutor, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young child who he was teaching, has today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 12 months imprisonment and put onto the sex offenders register for 10 years.

On 7 December 2014, John Cattell, 62, was at the victim's home and conducting a lesson in maths and English. This lesson was being held in the kitchen and the victim's parents were in another room.

On the conclusion of the lessons, the victim approached their parents and informed them that she had been touched in an inappropriate manner by the tutor.

The victim's parents confronted the defendant who denied doing anything wrong.

The police were called and Cattell was arrested. He was later charged with and found guilty of sexual assault of a child under 13.

Elizabeth Jack, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexually Offences Unit, said:

"John Cattell was trusted by the family of the victim to provide private lessons to their child, however, he breached this trust and took advantage of the circumstances which he was in and sexually assault his victim.

"He denied what he had done, however, following a trial he was found guilty and he will now have to face the consequences of his actions.

"We would like to thank the young victim and their family who have supported the prosecution case and has helped us in bringing this offender to justice."