Jailed school teacher repeatedly had sex with pupil and proposed to her

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Michael McCarthy - math teacher at grammar school

GUILTY: Michael McCarthy molested a pupil over a year-long period (Pic: POLICE HANDOUT / LOCAL)

Michael McCarthy, a former maths teacher at Barton Court grammar school in Kent, molested the pupil over a year-long period.

The 46-year-old was found to of shared thousands of intimate text messages with the victim, arranged for her to spend the night at his home and on one occasion, proposed to her. 

McCarthy pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court to four counts of sexual activity with a child, engaging in sexual conversation and taking and making explicit images. 

Prosecuting, Simon Taylor, told the court: “The victim said she thinks the defendant took advantage of her because he saw that she was vulnerable and he pushed her as far as she would go.

“She said that sex was something she had nightmares about, and the defendant saw it as a point on which he could go forward.

“The defendant asked for her to delete messages, he told her of the consequences, and told her his life was in her hand.” 

Mr Taylor added the text conversations between McCarthy and his victim demonstrated a “father daughter-style relationship” which quickly turned sexual. 

Mitchell Cohen, mitigating, said McCarthy was emotionally unstable at time of the attacks and had said he “needed to be needed.”

Michael McCarthy

TEACHER: McCarthy was a maths teacher at Baron Court grammar school in Canterbury (Pic: GOOGLE MAPS)

“She said that sex was something she had nightmares about, and the defendant saw it as a point on which he could go forward”

Simon Taylor

Sentencing McCarthy to five years in prison, Judge Simon James said: “It is only now that she is free of your influence that she has come to understand just how abusive, coercive and controlling your relationship with her was.

“I consider that your behaviour, including your intimate, sexualised and regular communications amounted to a process of grooming her.

“While your deluded thinking and endeavours to contact your victim and her family following your arrest are concerning, your convictions make it highly unlikely that you will be placed in such close contact with children in the future.” 

Canterbury Crown Court

NEEDED: McCarthy had said he “needed to be needed” at the time the offence took place (Pic: GOOGLE MAPS)

McCarthy was also made subject to a restraining order and Sexual Harm Prevention Order upon release. 

Executive head teacher Kristin Cardus said the school was “appalled” in a letter to parents in June.

Ms Cardus said McCarthy had “passed all safe recruitment checks” when he was hired in September of 2016. 

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