Female PE teacher, 46, who groomed, controlled and sexually abused teenage pupil over five years then offered to pay her £10,000 when she threatened to tell the police is jailed for six years

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Carly Dear, 46, first met the girl at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls in Kent   Teacher offered £10,000 silence bribe when girl threatened to tell the police She followed teenager to university and locked her in a hotel room, court heardAt Canterbury Crown Court on Friday the former teacher was jailed for six years

A former grammar school teacher who groomed, controlled and repeatedly sexually assaulted one of her pupils then offered her £10,000 when she threatened to go to the police has been jailed for six years.

Carly Dear, 46, first met the girl and became ‘attached’ when she taught at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls in Kent.

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The victim was subjected to five years of abuse by Dear who would harass the girl over the phone and say ‘I missed you so much’ when she returned from holidays.

Dear even followed the teenager to her new university campus and locked her in a hotel room in a bid to perform sex acts. 

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At Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, the former teacher was jailed for six years.

Carly Dear, 46, (pictured) who groomed, controlled and repeatedly sexually assaulted one of her pupils then offered her £10,000 when she threatened to go to the police has been jailed for six years

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Carly Dear, 46, (pictured) who groomed, controlled and repeatedly sexually assaulted one of her pupils then offered her £10,000 when she threatened to go to the police has been jailed for six years

The former PE teacher first met the girl and became 'attached' when she taught at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, Kent (pictured)

The former PE teacher first met the girl and became ‘attached’ when she taught at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, Kent (pictured)

Dear used to give the teenager sweets before groping her in changing rooms and repeatedly sexually assaulting her. 

The teacher also told the girl she loved her repeatedly and invited her back to her home in Whitstable, Kent, where she carried out progressively serious sexual acts.

After the student started university, Dear kept hounding her and travelled to her campus and locked her in a hotel room.

When the girl said she was going to the police, Dear ‘panicked’ and said she would send her around £10,000, jurors were told.

The victim broke down in tears as she recalled in court how her childhood had been ripped away.

She said the lasting impact of the abuse left her anxious from the minute she wakes up to the minute she goes to sleep.

She told the court: ‘I am always fearful about something but don’t know what it is. I am scared that after this court process is complete, I won’t feel any better, and then I am still back at square one. I struggle and live with the feelings of what her actions caused every day.

‘When I hear her name I hate it, the thought and sound of her name makes me feel sick, it’s horrible to think another human’s name makes you feel sick, but it does.

‘Most of the time I just feel angry. I feel incredibly embarrassed because I’m not very good at relationships, I find it hard to build relationships with all people.

‘I no longer trust my own judgement because I trusted her and she abused me.. I need to know she cannot and will not ever be able to do this again.’

In the dock, Dear was visibly distressed as her victim recalled her trauma.

During a trial at the same court last year Dear, who also taught at a performing arts college in nearby Hythe and Rochester Grammar School, branded her victim’s accusations ‘a lie, sick and disgusting’.

She would harass the girl over the phone and say 'I missed you so much' when she returned from holidays, a court heard

She would harass the girl over the phone and say ‘I missed you so much’ when she returned from holidays, a court heard 

But jurors convicted Dear of six charges of historic sexual abuse committed while she was a serving PE teacher at the grammar school in Maidstone.

Judge Mark Weekes told Dear jurors convicted her on ‘clear and compelling evidence’.

He added: ‘The effect has been unsurprisingly profound and shocking.

‘Your grooming and your abuse of her took away a key part of her youth – you abused your position of trust in the most appalling fashion.’

Judge Weekes added that Dear – who still protests her innocence – had ‘no remorse or insight’ into her actions.

The former Ashford women’s hockey captain was convicted by majority of four counts of indecent assault, one count of abusing a position of trust and inciting sexual activity with a girl in October. 

She was acquitted of one count of sexual assault, an allegation she touched the girl over clothes in school changing rooms.

Dear has since stopped teaching and has no wish to return, the court heard.

After being released, she will have to indefinitely notify authorities when she moves to a new area or starts a new field of work.

Nadine Chbat, mitigating, said Dear was of a previous good character and pointed to a number of personal references which ‘continue to speak of her positive character’.

Dear, having been placed on remand, has been attacked and bullied in custody, with the prison moving her into less hostile accommodation, the barrister added.

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