Telford teacher Adam Hart, 29, has been banned from teaching after his actions left the teenage victim ‘terrified’ and unable to trust men after he held her bum while he said she was ‘addicted’ and “contagious”.
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A teacher held a student by her bum and kissed her before saying, “You’re okay with that, aren’t you?” a court heard.
Birmingham Crown Court heard new teacher Adam Hart, 29, tell a vulnerable young girl she was “addicted” and that hugging her was “contagious” after she asked him for support.
Hart, from Telford, has been described as a relatively new teacher and “naïve” in his behavior, about which he was warned by other staff and his mentor.
His actions were exposed after the victim bravely confided in her parents what had happened.
Hart initially denied any wrongdoing and a trial delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic left the jury unable to reach a verdict, Birmingham Liv he reports.
Before a retrial, however, he changed his lawsuit and admitted to one charge of sexual activity with a girl between the ages of 13 and 17 in a position of trust.
Hart was spared jail time and instead was granted a three-year community directive.
His victim bravely spoke out on Friday, May 20 while Hart was being sentenced.
She explained how she is now struggling to trust men and will be standing near doors and windows when speaking to them in case she needs a “quick escape”.
Judge Avik Mukherjee said he was bound by legal guidelines and that any prison sentence was relatively short.
Prosecutor Antonie Muller told the court that when the young victim went to Hart for assistance on a personal matter, he responded physically and hugged her.
He added: “This started a process by which Mr. Hart began to sexualize the situation between teacher and student. He called them addictive and called holding them to your face contagious.”
Mr Muller told the court Hart then gave her things like chocolate before he “started hugging her again, held her butt tight, picked her up when she looked at him and said, ‘You’re okay with that, aren’t you?’ and kissed her on the head”.
He went on to explain how the incident “terrified the girl,” who Hart began avoiding before confiding in her parents.
Hart was suspended from school before being “completely removed from classes”.
When questioned by police, Hart said he “accidentally” touched the victim’s bottom while claiming he had no memory of kissing her.
Mr Muller added: “A notable feature is his failure to respond to diligent teachers around him who have warned him about his approach to teaching. He was a new teacher.
“His mentor was frankly upset that he had failed to change his approach, especially towards female students.
“She expected this to end badly for the victim and his future as a teacher.”
In a victim statement, the young girl revealed that she suffered from anxiety, flashbacks and nightmares as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Defending attorney Will Dudley said: “It was only relatively recently that the defendant acknowledged the true position.
“It has proved a bit difficult for him to say these things easily. He’s not the most outgoing personality.
“He was new to his teaching career. Perhaps there was an element of naivety.
“The reality is there’s no excuse for what happened and he’s not trying to do it in any way.”
Judge Mukherjee commended the victim’s maturity to speak up in court and confide in her parents and her behavior of not “going for blood” throughout the criminal proceedings.
He added: “Maybe she just wanted you to realize your wrongdoing and be validated and believed. It finally happened.”
Hart was told he should complete a 30-day rehabilitation program and an accredited sex offenses program and pay £2,500 in expenses.
He also received a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and warned that violating or further committing crimes over the course of his community order would result in a “very bad day” for Hart.
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