October 2009

Teacher who preyed on girl, 12, for sex jailed for six years

Music teacher Barry Moon in the wheelchair

A MUSIC teacher who had sex with a 12-year-old girl more than 20 years ago has been jailed for six years.

Derby Crown Court heard Barry Moon’s victim came forward years after the incident when she read about him appearing in court in 2007 for offences involving other girls.

Moon, now 65, had been a music teacher at an Ilkeston school and also gave private lessons.

Judge John Burgess told him: “She was a vulnerable 12-year-old. She did not feel special. You, I judge, singled her out for precisely that reason and made her feel special.

“You manipulated the situation, abused your position of trust, taking her to your bed and having sexual intercourse.

“That has had a significant effect on her life. She describes it as having cast a shadow over her adult life.”

Moon, of Rowan Court, Nuthall, Nottinghamshire, admitted unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13.

Clive Stockwell, prosecuting, said the girl felt she was getting more attention from him than anyone else in her life.

He told the court that on the day of the offence, Moon arranged to take her on a shopping trip. Her parents had given him permission because they trusted him.

Mr Stockwell said: “After the shopping trip, he took her back to his house and in the bedroom had full sexual intercourse with her.

“She recalled when that happened she was numb and was in a state of shock. He said because of the situation she ‘just let it happened’. She never resisted, never told him to stop.

“He was someone she saw as a father figure.”

Mr Stockwell said the girl took an overdose of tablets and was treated at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, and had since had counselling.

The court heard the victim came forward after reading about him appearing before Derby Crown Court in 2007.

Mr Stockwell added: “She felt driven to make her trauma public.”

Sonal Ahya, in mitigation, said Moon’s admission saved the woman from having to give evidence.

In 2007 Moon was convicted of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, three counts of making indecent photographs of children and two of possessing similar photographs. He was put on probation for three years and ordered him to attend a course to curb his offending.

Miss Ahya said: “He was beginning to take more responsibility for his actions.”

Moon appeared in court in a wheelchair, as he did two years ago. Miss Ahya said that would make custody “a more difficult experience for him”.

He was put on the sex offenders register for life and banned from ever working with children