Science teacher jailed for sexual relationship with pupil he helped get good grades

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A former science teacher has been jailed for three years for having sex with a 16-year-old student.

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Robert Hanna, who worked at a London school, was convicted at the Inner London Crown Court on six counts of sexual activity with a child in a position of trust.

The 43-year-old has also been issued a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which bars him from any unprotected contact with an under-18, and will remain on the sex offender register for life.


The court heard that he taught at a school in Southwark from 2015 to May 2019, when he was sacked.

Police said he had sex with a 16-year-old student while teaching, which helped him get good grades in physics.

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At a school prom, he invited some students to meet him later and they bought wine.

After this he had sex with the victim for four months.

He told Hannah that she wanted the relationship to end but she convinced him to see her one more time before breaking up with her.

On Monday 1 April 2019, she told another teacher what was happening and the school immediately suspended Hannah and told the police.

He was interviewed by officers the next day and they denied the victim’s account.

A subsequent investigation found hotel check-in and check-out confirmations, bank statements and mobile phone evidence supporting the account provided by the victim.

He was charged in May 2020 and found guilty last month.

Detective Constable Erica Slater of the Metropolitan Police said: “It was a complicated case where Hanna denied everything from the start and lied constantly throughout the case.

“However, the victim boldly stood by her evidence and after a thorough investigation her accounts were denied.

“Today’s sentencing highlights the gravity of this matter and I would encourage anyone who has been or is a victim of sexual abuse in any context to contact the police.

“We have specially trained officers to conduct investigations as well as ensure that continuous assistance is provided to the victims.”


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