Teacher jailed over sex with schoolgirl

Sick: Teacher Paul Troughton.
Sick: Teacher Paul Troughton.
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A FORMER teacher at a South Yorkshire school has been locked up after he “seduced and severely corrupted” a pupil during an 18-month sexual relationship.

Paul Troughton, aged 49, worked as a drama teacher at a school in Rotherham, where he began abusing the 15-year-old girl.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Troughton groomed the girl “from the outset”, giving her lifts home before encouraging her to engage in sex acts in his car, at his home in Wakefield and in a wood in Elsecar, Barnsley.

Judge Recorder David Hatton QC said the dad-of-two “broke through and completely smashed all professional and appropriate boundaries”.

“It began by you flattering her,” he said. “You introduced her when she was below the age of consent to sexual acts - you corrupted her in an appalling way with deviant practices and the fulfilment of your own selfish, bizarre fantasies.”

Rachael Harrison, prosecuting, said Troughton knew the victim’s family, and had been mentored as a trainee by the girl’s mum.

She said the sexual relationship began in 2003, just before the schoolgirl’s 16th birthday.

Troughton sent his victim texts saying how much he cared for her, and that he wanted to help her with drama.

Miss Harrison said the teacher later stuck pins into the girl before sex and applied pressure to her neck with her school tie. She said the girl was often left “bruised and covered in blood”.

“She believed this was normal behaviour for people in a sexual relationship,” she said.

The abuse ended in 2005 when a school investigation began, but no evidence was found.

The victim, now 23, reported Troughton to the police and he resigned in 2009.

Troughton initially denied the accusations, but later admitted indecent assault, abusing a position of trust, indecency with a child and inciting a child under 18 to engage in sexual activity.

Recorder Hatton jailed Troughton for five years. He is banned from working with children for life and must sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.