A primary school teacher sexually assaulted a teenage girl, Until he was confronted by her mum.
A 34-year-old dad-of-two from Widnes in Cheshire, Andrew Oldfield worked at Horn’s Mill Primary School in Helsby, near Cheshire’s Frodsham.
The Liverpool Echo notes that he gave his victim, who did not attend school, a series of WhatsApp messages relating to the assault.
Her mom finds a text on the Oldfield lock screen asking her to erase the texts.
Oldfield, who at first concocted an elaborate lie to try to trick her, confronted the woman.
David Watson, prosecuting, told the Liverpool Crown Court that by guessing the PIN, the mum managed to access the phone of her daughter.
He said she was so nervous about the “intimate” messages she was reading that she woke her sleeping daughter up and asked her.
The court learned that the girl became very angry and begged her mom to promise that she would not call the police, while insisting that nothing had happened.
She confronted Oldfield, however, who confessed that he may have gone “off the fence” but denied any sexual activity.
The next day, when he admitted that he was kissing, cuddling and touching the girl, he attended Widnes Police Station, but refused to have sex with her.
Mr. Watson said that the girl was interviewed on video and told officers that Oldfield had developed a “link” with her, but that it was “different.”
She explained that when they kissed each other, he had taken her out in his car before rubbing her breasts and genital region over her clothes, and she rubbed his penis over his pants.
In later occasions, the court heard that this led to Oldfield rubbing her underclothes, performing a sex act on her, and making him masturbate her.
The girl clarified that on approximately seven occasions when he took her virginity and did not use a condom, she had what she described as consensual sexual intercourse with Oldfield.
The victim recalled that, on two or three occasions, he even made her perform another sex act and performed a sex act on her two or three times.
Mr. Watson said: “She said the defendant had addressed with her the implications of someone finding out, namely that the police would be involved, and that she should be careful of who she said.”
Oldfield acknowledged some sexual activity in his first police interview, ahead of the victim meeting with investigators, but denied ever having sexual contact with the teen.
He continued to dispute her version of events after officers had spoken briefly with the girl, before agreeing that they had sexual intercourse on approximately five occasions.
Oldfield eventually admitted, after her video-recorded interview, that her entire account was accurate.
Oldfield, now in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on Manchester Lane, admitted four counts of sexual contact with a boy. He did not have any previous convictions.
The girl said in a victim’s statement that she now understood what Oldfield did was “wrong” and shouldn’t have happened.
Mr Watson said she expressed relief that the investigation was coming to an end and told police that she felt “empty and numb” at times.
He stressed the “major age gap” between Oldfield and his victim and said the aggravating characteristics of the case were the measures he took to try to prevent the violence from being revealed by the teen.
Defending David Bruce said his client had worked hard to learn to become a teacher, but had lost the job he loved and since suffered from depression as a result of these crimes.
In order to protect his victim, Judge Anil Murray sentenced Oldfield to four years in prison and imposed a restraining order.
He said Oldfield would sign and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life on the Registry of Sex Offenders.