April 2017

Paedophile teacher, 42, who ‘took away the innocence’ of a vulnerable underage girl

A disgraced teacher who ‘took away the innocence’ of a young girl he groomed for sex has been jailed for a year.

Simon Shaw, 42, will also be forced to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, but the family of his victim has branded the sentence ‘disgusting’ and said Shaw ‘ruined her life’.

Judge Keith Cutler handed down a 12 month jail sentence at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire, after Shaw – who was a teacher at Andover Education Centre in Andover – admitted engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Speaking after the hearing, the victim’s mother, said: ‘I think the sentence is disgusting. One year does not reflect what an awful time our family has had; it’s been a nightmare.

‘My daughter has had a very difficult time dealing with what happened to her. She genuinely thought he loved her.

‘He took her innocence away from her and he gets one year for that. We are disappointed with the sentence and we are going to try to move on with our lives, but how do you recover from that?

‘She was vulnerable. You think your child is going to be safe and she wasn’t, she was groomed. He ruined her life.’

Shaw, of Chute, Wiltshire, was also given a restraining order forcing him to stay away from the victim, who was under 16 and cannot be named for legal reasons, and her family