July 2016

‘Dangerous’ teacher jailed for sex offences against schoolgirls


A former teacher has been jailed for six years for sexual activity with a 15-year-old pupil and indecently assaulting another who he groomed at school in the 1990s and 2000s .

Ranwinder Chawla, 48, of Chestnut Manor Close, Staines , formed a close relationship with the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, before he ‘manipulated’ her into having a sexual relationship with him.

Chawla groomed another schoolgirl when she was 14-years-old to indecently assault her.

In June, the now married former science and drama teacher was found guilty by a jury of six men and six women of four counts of indecent assault and four counts of sexual activity with a female under 18 while in a position of trust following a trial at Guildford Crown Court .

He was acquitted of one count of indecent assault and one count of sexual activity with a female under 18 while in a position of trust.

At a sentencing hearing at the same court on Friday, Ruby Selva, for the Crown, said Chawla had displayed a ‘significant degree of planning’ on both of the ‘vulnerable’ victims.

“Chawla’s approach to each of them, having noticed this vulnerability in both girls, he would then take his time and used his planning and grooming to effect a relationship with them,” she said.

Sentencing Chawla, Recorder Lawrence West QC said both girls had come to him for support as he had a reputation of a ‘shoulder to cry on ’ but instead he had groomed them for his own desire.

“It is quite clear from the evidence you were grooming them into a position where they would accept your sexual advances,” he said.

“Sexual intercourse only didn’t happen [to one victim] as she was becoming uncomfortable of how matters were going.”

Recorder West said Chawla had displayed a ‘worrying pattern of behaviour’ and he would be a ‘serious’ risk to young children if he was still in a position of trust.

“They [the victims] are upset and their lives have been blighted by your behaviour.”

Chawla was ordered to serve half of his jail sentence and will be on licence upon his release in 2019.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period and banned from voluntary or paid work with children.