Primary school teacher banned for life after girl’s mother finds out about sexual abuse
A teacher who repeatedly assaulted a teenage girl has been banned from the profession for life. Andrew Oldfield, from Rochdale, was convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child in 2020 and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence.
The offenses took place in 2018 when Oldfield, 35, was a teacher at Horn’s Mill Primary School in Helsby, Cheshire. He repeatedly had sex with his victim who was not a student at the school, reports CheshireLive.
Oldfield messaged the girl about the sordid abuse and plans to do it again on WhatsApp.
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He was surprised after his victim’s mother found messages from Oldfield on her daughter’s lock screen phone, in which he urged the girl to delete her messages. David Watson, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court on October 23, 2020, said the woman confronted Oldfield, who first told an elaborate lie in an attempt to deceive her, the report said. Liverpool ECHO.
Mr Watson said the mother was unhappy and managed to gain access to her daughter’s phone by guessing the PIN. He said she was so concerned about the “intimate” messages she read that she woke up her sleeping daughter and asked her about them.
The girl became very upset and, while claiming that nothing had happened, asked her mother to promise that she would not call the police. However, the woman later challenged Oldfield, who at first said her behavior may have gone “over the line”, but denied any sexual activity.
He visited Widnes Police Station the following day when he confessed to kissing, cuddling and touching the child, but denied having sex with her. Oldfield later confessed to having sex with the child.
Mr Watson added that the girl had sometimes felt ’empty and numb’ since the abuse.
Oldfield, formerly of Manchester Road, Rochdale, has now been banned from teaching children in any setting. He was also denied the right to appeal against the decision issued jointly by the Education Regulatory Agency (TRA) and the office of Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi.
TRA counsel concluded that: “Mr Oldfield’s conduct was of the utmost gravity and wholly inconsistent with the standards and behavior expected of any member of the public, let alone a teacher placed in a position of trust with children.”
Mr Alan Meyrick, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, said: ‘Mr Andrew Oldfield is not entitled to teach indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, youth accommodation or nursing home children in England.
“Further, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found to be proven against him, I have determined that Mr Andrew Oldfield will not be entitled to seek restoration of his eligibility to teach.”