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Married music teacher, 38, who abused and exploited young girl in his car after they swapped ‘flirty’ WhatsApp messages is jailed for six years
- Gareth Parry met victim in a Stockton-on-Tees park where he performed sex acts
- Trial heard the 38-year-old father was only caught after she confided in a friend
- His victim said she threw up after sex acts and was left feeling suicidal
Gareth Parry, pictured outside Newcastle Crown Court, was jailed for six years after he ‘abused and exploited’ a girl in his car after they swapped ‘flirty’ WhatsApp messages
A married music teacher who ‘abused and exploited’ a young girl in his car after they swapped ‘flirty’ WhatsApp messages has been jailed for six years.
Gareth Parry, from Ingleby Barwick, North Yorkshire, was convicted of six charges of sexual activity with a girl after a trial in March.
A court heard his sex acts were so vile they made his victim throw up and left her feeling suicidal.
The 38-year-old father returned to Newcastle Crown Court on Friday for sentencing.
The ex-Egglescliffe School and Ormesby School teacher’s trial heard he bombarded the girl with messages.
Parry kissed his victim before meeting her in his car at a Stockton-on-Tees park where he performed sex acts.
He was only brought to justice after the victim confided in a friend who raised the alarm.
The victim’s parents told the court that she appeared ‘upset’ after they picked her up from a meeting with Parry.
Her mother said at Parry’s trial: ‘She was very out of breath and had been running I think.
‘She got in the car and didn’t say anything. I could see her in the mirror and could see she was crying.’
Appearing via video link from Durham Prison, Parry showed little emotion as a court heard he continued to deny carrying out the offences.
Judge Robert Spragg said: ‘It was clear you didn’t want the messages to stop – you were sexually attracted to her.
‘Maybe you will never admit what happened.’
In a victim statement, the girl said she felt ‘ashamed’ by what unfolded in 2015.
She said: ‘I felt alone and confused. I had suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.’
The victim revealed how her life – and that of her family – was turned upside down by Parry’s crimes.
The married 38-year-old father’s victim said she felt ‘ashamed’ by what happened after had suicidal thoughts. He was only caught after his victim confided in a friend
In mitigation, barrister Stephen Constantine said Parry had been held in ‘high regard’ by colleagues.
He had landed a head of music job at Ormesby School, in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, after leaving Egglescliffe and has a PhD.
Parry was convicted of six counts of sexual activity with the underage girl, including claims he touched intimate parts of her body, following an eight-day trial.
Parry remained silent as he was told he must serve at least half his six-year sentence for what a judge said were ‘appalling’ crimes.
Judge Spragg added: ‘Clearly this conviction has had a dramatic effect on your life’.
An NSPCC spokesman said: ‘Parry not only exploited and abused his young victim but, by denying his sickening actions, made her relive her ordeal by giving evidence in court.
‘But her courage in speaking out has ensured that Parry’s offending has now been exposed and justice has been served.
‘It is important that she now receives the support she needs to move on from the abuse she has suffered and that Parry receives treatment behind bars to reduce any risk he may pose to children in the future.’
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