13th June, 2022 11:37 am
Andrew Oldfield was convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child in 2020, and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence
A teacher who repeatedly molested a teenage girl has been banned from the profession for life. Andrew Oldfield, of Rochdale, was convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child in 2020, and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence.
The offences took place in 2018 while Oldfield, 35, was a teacher at Horn’s Mill Primary School in Helsby, Cheshire. He repeatedly had sexual intercourse with his victim who wasn’t a pupil at the school, CheshireLive reports.
Oldfield messaged the girl about the sordid abuse and his plans to do it again on WhatsApp.
He was caught out after his victim’s mother found messages from Oldfield on the lockscreen of her daughter’s phone, in which he urged the girl to delete his messages. David Watson, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court on October 23, 2020, said the woman confronted Oldfield, who at first told an elaborate lie in an attempt to fool her, reported the Liverpool ECHO.
Mr Watson said the mother wasn’t satisfied and managed to access her daughter’s phone by guessing the PIN. He said she was so concerned by the “intimate” messages she read that she woke up her sleeping daughter and questioned her about them
The girl became very upset and, while maintaining that nothing had happened, asked her mother to promise that she wouldn’t call the police. However, the woman later challenged Oldfield, who initially said his behaviour may have gone “over the line”, but denied any sexual activity.
He attended Widnes police station the following day, when he confessed that he had been kissing, cuddling and touching the child, but denied having sexual intercourse with her. Oldfield later confessed to having sexual intercourse with the child.
Mr Watson added that the girl sometimes felt “empty and numb” since the abuse.
Oldfield, formerly of Manchester Road, Rochdale, has now been banned from ever teaching children in any setting ever again. He has also been denied the right to appeal against the ruling, made jointly by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) and the office of the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi.
The TRA board found that: “Mr Oldfield’s conduct was of the utmost seriousness and completely incompatible with the standards and behaviour expected of any member of the public, let alone a teacher who is placed in the position of trust with children.”
Mr Alan Meyrick, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, said: “Mr Andrew Oldfield is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
“Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that Mr Andrew Oldfield shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.”
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