April 2018

‘Highly regarded’ paedophile music teacher who exploited and sexually abused girl is jailed

A paedophile music teacher who “abused and exploited” a young girl has been jailed for six years.

Gareth Parry, from Ingleby Barwick, was convicted of six charges of sexual activity with a girl after a trial in March.

A court heard his sex acts were so vile they made his victim throw up and left her feeling suicidal.

Parry, 38, returned to Newcastle Crown Court on Friday for sentencing.

The ex-Egglescliffe and Ormesby School teacher’s trial heard he bombarded the girl with messages.

He kissed her before meeting her in his car at a Stockton park where he performed sex acts.

Via a Durham Prison video link, Parry showed little emotion as a court heard he continued to deny carrying out the offences.

But Judge Robert Spragg said: “It was clear you didn’t want the messages to stop – you were sexually attracted to her.

“Maybe you will never admit what happened.”

Via a statement, the girl said she felt “ashamed” by what unfolded in 2015.

“I felt alone and confused,” she said.

“I had suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.”

She revealed her life – and that of her family – was turned upside down by Parry’s crimes.

In mitigation, barrister Stephen Constantine said Parry had been held in “high regard” by colleagues.

He had landed a head of music job at Ormesby School, in Middlesbrough, after leaving Egglescliffe and has a PHD.

But his career is now over.

He was convicted of six counts of sexual activity, including claims he touched intimate parts of the girl’s body, following an eight-day trial.

It followed “flirty” WhatsApp messages before the pair met.

But he was finally brought to justice after the victim confided in a friend – who raised the alarm.

Parry remained silent as he was told he must serve at least half his six-year sentence for what a judge said were “appalling” crimes.

And Judge Spragg added: “Clearly this conviction has had a dramatic effect on your life”.