September 2018

Former school governor blackmailed teenage girl into posing for lewd pictures

Kunwar Patton, 51, of Argyl Road, Anfield jailed for eight years and nine months for sexually abusing a teenage girl

A former governor of two Everton schools was jailed for sexually assaulting a teenage girl and taking indecent photographs of her.

Kunwar Patton had admitted taking the pictures of the victim but denied four sex offences against her, however he was convicted by a jury.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that on occasions while taking the photographs, which he used for blackmailing her into engaging in further such activity, he would put her into the poses he wanted and made lewd comments about what he wanted to do with her.

If she refused he would physically move her into the pose he wanted and he also selected underwear for her to wear and repeatedly touched her exposed breasts. On two other occasions, once when she was 15, he more seriously sexually assaulted her.

Bearded 51-year-old Patton, who was wearing a white tee-shirt and grey jogging pants, was supported by a number of supporters in the public gallery when he appeared today.

While sentencing him to eight years and nine months behind bars, Judge Gary Woodhall interrupted his remarks about the devastating effect his behaviour had had on his victim to tell him, “You can pull a face. It shows a complete lack of understanding of what you did to her and a complete lack of remorse.

“It is mirrored by your partner’s reaction at the back of the court room.”

Kunwar, of Argyle Road, Anfield, had been found guilty of two offences of sexual assault and two of sexual activity with a child. He pleaded guilty to taking eight indecent photographs and possessing 110 indecent photographs in the least serious category of seriousness.

In an impact statement the victim, whom the court heard was the child depicted in all the photographs, told how she had been manipulated by the defendant and she had been struggling with anxiety and depression.

She has been supported by her partner and his family and now “pities him but hopes there is some negative impact on his life as he imposed on hers,” said Philip Clemo, prosecuting.

Patton, who has in the past been a governor of Beacon Primary School and the North Liverpool Academy, had claimed in the trial that her claims were untrue.

Judge Woodhall ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period. He also made a restraining order to keep away from the victim.