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Former Maidstone Grammar School for Girls teacher Carly Dear jailed for grooming pupil

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A remorseless former teacher who groomed, controlled and repeatedly sexually assaulted a pupil has been jailed.

Carly Dear’s victim, who was subjected to five years of abuse, broke down in tears as she recalled how her childhood had been ripped away.

The 46-year-old former Maidstone Grammar School for Girls (MGGS) teacher has now been jailed for six years at Canterbury Crown Court.

“When I hear her name I hate it, the thought and sound of her name makes me feel sick, it’s horrible to think another human’s name makes you feel sick, but it does.

“Most of the time I just feel angry.

“I feel incredibly embarrassed because I’m not very good at relationships, I find it hard to build relationships with all people.

“I no longer trust my own judgement because I trusted her and she abused me.

“I need to know she cannot and will not ever be able to do this again,” her victim said.

Dear, who isolated the girl using sweets at the school, was visibly distressed as her victim recalled her trauma.

During a trial at the same court last year Dear, who also taught at Brockhill Park in Hythe and Rochester Grammar School, branded her victim’s accusations "a lie, sick and disgusting."

But jurors convicted Dear of six charges of historic sexual abuse committed while she was a serving PE teacher at the grammar school.

The girl told jurors how Dear gave her sweets before groping her in changing rooms and repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

Dear would harass the girl over the phone and say “I missed you so much” when she returned from holidays.

Carly Dear has been jailed for six years
Carly Dear has been jailed for six years

She also told the girl she loved her repeatedly and invited her back to her home in Whitstable, where she carried out progressively serious sexual acts.

The victim says such is the lasting impact of the abuse that she is anxious from the minute she wakes up to the minute she goes to sleep.

"I am always fearful about something but don’t know what it is. I am scared that after this court process is complete, I won’t feel any better, and then I am still back at square one. I struggle and live with the feelings of what her actions caused every day." she added.

After the student started university, Dear kept hounding her and travelled hundreds of miles to her campus and locked her in a hotel room in a bid to perform sexual acts.

When the girl said she was going to the police, Dear "panicked" and said she would send her around £10,000.

'Your grooming and your abuse of her took away a key part of her youth - you abused your position of trust in the most appalling fashion.'

Judge Mark Weekes told Dear jurors convicted her on “clear and compelling evidence.”

“The effect has been unsurprisingly profound and shocking.

“Your grooming and your abuse of her took away a key part of her youth - you abused your position of trust in the most appalling fashion,” he added.

Judge Weekes added Dear, who still protests her innocence, had “no remorse or insight” into her actions.

The former Ashford women’s hockey captain was convicted by majority of four counts of indecent assault, one count of abusing a position of trust and inciting sexual activity with a girl in October.

She was acquitted of one count of sexual assault, an allegation she touched the girl over clothes in school changing rooms.

Dear has since stopped teaching and has no wish to return, the court heard.

Now, she will be subject to notification requirements indefinitely.

Nadine Chbat, mitigating, said Dear was of a previous good character and pointed to a number of personal references which “continue to speak of her positive character.”

Dear, having been placed on remand, has been attacked and bullied in custody, with the prison moving her into less hostile accommodation, the barrister added.

Carly Dear has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police
Carly Dear has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police

Investigating officer Detective Constable Hannah Crittenden said: "Carly Dear took advantage of a child for her own selfish desire and the victim’s memories of growing up will be affected by what Dear has done.

"I hope the victim recognises that she was extremely brave in speaking up but did the right thing by doing so.

"I hope that she will now focus on the future, unafraid and knowing that she was believed and Dear is facing the consequences of her own illegal actions."

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Dear selfishly abused her position of power to groom and sexually assault a young teenager who should have been safe and happy in her care.

“The NSPCC is there for anyone who has concerns about a child or wants to speak about childhood abuse, no matter how long ago it took place.

"Children and young people can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk, and over 18s can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or help@nspcc.org.uk.”

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