August 2017

Cumbrian teacher jailed for groping young girl

A teacher who repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl has been jailed for four years.

David Harrison’s victim told how he put his hands down the front of her top and rubbed her chest on multiple occasions.

It also emerged during the trial that Harrison had browsed “real life” internet child sex abuse stories on a laptop seized by police upon his arrest.

Harrison, 26, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, Cumbria, denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court of four charges.

The assaults have had a “profound and lasting” impact on the girl, the court heard.

Harrison, who was convicted of four counts of sexually assaulting a child aged under 13, must also sign the sex offenders register for life and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.

He will also be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Judge Peter Hughes QC said Harrison had “targeted” the girl and had shown no remorse for his offending.

He told Harrison: “You have destroyed your teaching career and brought lasting shame upon yourself.”

July 2017

Cumbria teacher found guilty of sexually assaulting child

A teacher has been told a jail term is “inevitable” after he was convicted of repeatedly groping a girl.

David Harrison, 26, was unanimously found guilty by a jury this afternoon of four sex assaults.

This followed a week-long trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Jurors had heard evidence from the girl, who told how Harrison would put his hands down the front of her top and rub her chest.

She said this happened on several different occasions.

It also emerged during the trial that Harrison had also browsed “real life” child sex abuse stories on his laptop.

Harrison, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, maintained his innocence throughout the court case.

Dressed in a dark suit, blue shirt and striped tie in the dock today, he showed no emotion as guilty verdicts were announced by the jury foreman.

Judge Peter Hughes QC adjourned the case, and announced he would pass sentence next week.

Harrison was remanded in custody, and told by the judge: “The sentence will inevitably be a custodial sentence.

“I will consider what the appropriate length of the sentence is on Tuesday of next week.”

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