Cambridgeshire County Council failed to guard a 15-year-old woman from being sexually abused by her instructor, the Victoria Derbyshire present has discovered.
The woman, “Abigail”, was abused a number of instances per week within the 1990s – within the classroom and on the man’s dwelling.
A social employee had beforehand written to warn the council in regards to the instructor – who can’t be named – however he was allowed to proceed educating.
The council provided its sympathy to the sufferer.
It has agreed an out-of-court settlement of as much as £550,000 with Abigail.
Abigail – not her actual identify – was raped and sexually abused at Sir Harry Smith Group School in Whittlesey, Peterborough, within the 1990s.
“The abuse occurred 4, 5 instances per week – and it could be within the classroom retailer cabinet,” she mentioned, after different lecturers had gone dwelling.
“On a number of events he tied me to a radiator with a canine collar and instructed me to not transfer, and made me sit there bare.”
The abuse within the classroom befell for “the primary three years”, from the age of 15. Throughout this time, her abuser additionally began taking her to his dwelling.
“To do this he would get me to leap behind the automotive, sit behind the seats and be lined up by a blanket – in order that when he received to his home, no person would see me go in.”
She mentioned she is going to “by no means” have the ability to forgive him.
“He was an grownup, he knew what he was doing was incorrect.
“I needed to have youngsters, which I’ve not been capable of do as a result of I’ve not been capable of have a sexual relationship with my husband – I discover it too troublesome.”
When Abigail reported the abuse to Cambridgeshire police in 1998, the instructor instructed detectives their relationship was solely sexual after she was 18, and that it ended as a result of he was in love with one other pupil on the faculty.
After being questioned, the instructor was launched with out cost.
The instructor can’t be named for authorized causes, however paperwork seen by the BBC present the person stood trial within the early 1980s after being accused of sexually abusing two weak women at one other faculty in Cambridgeshire, however was discovered not responsible.
A social employee concerned with the case was so involved in regards to the instructor that she wrote a report back to Cambridgeshire County Council.
In it she mentioned: “I’m conscious of what I consider to be substantial proof misconduct – which was inadmissible within the prison trials – that the native authority ought to concentrate on earlier than making the choice as as to if or not he ought to proceed to be employed as a instructor.”
The BBC believes the council – the instructor’s employer – didn’t move on data to the headteacher at Sir Harry Smith Group School, regardless of this written warning.
The instructor later abused Abigail, and went on to turn into a deputy headteacher at a faculty in London.
He has now been banned from educating for all times.
The Division for Schooling instructed the BBC: “all public our bodies and organisations working with youngsters ought to have a transparent youngster safety coverage which spells out learn how to elevate issues with native authority youngsters’s social care providers, the NSPCC, and the police”.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council mentioned: “It’s deeply regrettable that these incidents occurred within the 1990s, and we provide our sympathy to the sufferer.
“Nevertheless, the college itself and the entire vetting and checking course of may be very totally different from the methods in place 25 years in the past.”
Tom Perry from marketing campaign group Mandate Now – which is asking for tighter guidelines round youngster safety – instructed the BBC that police and faculties even have a duty to report lecturers who’ve dedicated – or are alleged to have dedicated – a sexual offence, to the Disclosure and Barring Service [formerly the Criminal Records Bureau].
Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC Information channel.