Teacher convicted of sexual assaults jailed for four years

A teacher convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl has been jailed for four years.

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

During an interview, the child used two small mannequins as she demonstrated to an officer how Harrison had groped her.

His criminal conduct was said to have had a “profound and lasting” impact on the girl.

The 26-year-old, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, denied any wrongdoing. But after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court he was unanimously convicted of four charges of sexually assaulting a child aged under 13.

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

Sentence was passed today, Tuesday 7 August 2017, by Judge Peter Hughes QC, who concluded that Harrison had “targeted” the girl.

He still denied his guilty, and had shown no remorse for his offending.

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