UPDATE: Retired teacher sentenced for a series of indecent assaults on 12-year-old pupil
UPDATE: On 7 February 2020 at Liverpool Crown Court, Michael Stone was sentenced to six and a half years in jail. The judge also imposed an extended licence period of a year which means Stone will be under the supervision of offender management agencies for a further year after he has finished his jail term.
The Crown Prosecution Service proved that Michael Stone, who is now 68 but was 41 at the time of the assaults, sexually assaulted the pupil for around a year.
Michael Stone, a married man who lives at Silverdale Close in Frodsham, admitted two counts of indecent assault but denied the remaining nine charges of indecent assault and indecency with a child. He was found guilty by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court today (30/1/2020).
He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Friday 7 February 2020.
Stone was an IT teacher at a school in Liverpool when the abuse began, just before the school summer holidays in 1993.
The victim was a vulnerable young child whom Stone groomed over a period of time.
He indecently assaulted her, bought her perfume and continued to abuse her until the end of the following school year, with the abuse escalating over that period of time.
He regularly indecently assaulted her in the classroom, in his car and once at his home address in Frodsham.
Karen Nolan, a specialist prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit in Liverpool said: "This child was repeatedly assaulted by a man she thought she could trust.
"Stone abused her vulnerability, leaving her confused and upset. She blamed herself for what had happened and was ashamed.
"Stone was 28 years older than this child but gave no thought to the effect his actions would have on her. He was only interested in himself.
“This victim found the courage to contact the police and has now seen her abuser brought to justice.
“The Crown Prosecution Service would like to thank her for her courage in helping us bring this prosecution. No matter how many years ago the abuse happened we will work with the police and victims to prosecute those responsible."