April 2019

Deviant science teacher told school girl he wanted to marry her

A ‘deviant’ science teacher at a prestigious grammar school groomed a pupil as she prepared to sit her GCSEs.

Stephen Wyatt, 60, offered the girl a ‘sneak preview’ of her physics paper before she sat the exam, and gave her extra tuition so he could have time alone with her.

Judge Robert Altham said Wyatt, a teacher at the £2,500 a term St Annes College Grammar School, was “masquerading as someone with her best interests at heart”.

But over two years he groomed the pupil in the hope of developing a sexual relationship with her.

Preston Crown Court heard excerpts from Wyatt’s online diary in which he spoke of having ‘horizontal hugs’ with the girl, and kissing her at break time in his room.

He wrote: “She does not object to the idea of going to bed with me.”

They would meet at the beach to watch the sunset together and Wyatt told the girl he wanted to marry her – although she insisted she was not his girlfriend.

The grandfather even ignored a warning from his wife – who was also a teacher at the school – that he was getting too close to the pupil.

Wyatt immediately confessed to having a relationship with the pupil and offered to resign – but pleaded with the teacher not to tell the police.

He remained in contact with the youngster throughout investigations by the school and the police.

Wyatt pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual touching in a position of trust.

Judge Altham said: “The sexual activity did not get very far but clearly you were pushing back the boundaries in the way you spoke to her.

“People who choose to make their living by being teachers or otherwise putting themselves in a position of trust in respect of young people must expect a period of immediate imprisonment.”

But he said Wyatt had already spent two and a half months in prison, giving him a significant taste of custody.

He sentenced him to 36 weeks for each offence but suspended the sentence for two years.

Wyatt must carry out 30 days rehabilitation activity, 120 hours of unpaid work and sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Judge Altham also made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning him from making contact with his victim.