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Bridlington class supervisor jailed for sex with pupil

Christopher Reen
Christopher Reen had claimed he did not know the girl was underage

The fifth staff member at a Bridlington school to face court over inappropriate sexual conduct has been jailed for having sex with an under-age pupil.

Class supervisor Christopher Reen, 32, was jailed for three years and four months after admitting six counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

Four ex-staff at Headlands School have faced the courts in recent years over inappropriate sexual conduct.

Reen, of Carlton Street, Bridlington, worked at the school from June 2008.

He had started work as a supervisor at the school in June 2008 and replaced a teacher whose case was still going through the courts.

It is important that the courts send out a message that teachers who are inclined to act as you did will be locked up for years
Judge David Tremberg

At Grimsby Crown Court, Judge David Tremberg told Reen, who also admitted one count of sexual activity in breach of trust, that he only had himself to blame for his predicament.

He said: "Your behaviour has tarnished and damaged the reputation at the school where you were then a master which was already tarnished by others."

He added: "It is important that the courts send out a message that teachers who are inclined to act as you did will be locked up for years."

Reen had been due to go on trial for a second time in February after a jury failed to reach a verdict last year, but changed his plea to guilty.

'Nowhere to hide'

The court heard Reen was given a full induction when he began his job in which the deputy headteacher warned him about the previous problems at the school.

The court was told Reen began the relationship just weeks later after the 15-year-old girl applied to join a club which was not connected to the school.

It heard Reen had sent the girl sexually explicit text messages, including one during a class which he was teaching and she was attending.

Schools are not an open playground for would-be sex offenders to groom and form sexual relationships with our children
Family statement

Reen did not deny having a full sexual relationship with the girl, but claimed he did not know she was under-age.

Prosecutor Helen Henry said: "He [Reen] knew his predecessor was on police bail and had been suspended for having a sexual relationship with a pupil.

"He knew two previous members of staff were in prison for having relationships with other pupils."

Reen was made subject to a sexual offences prevention order which restricts his contact with young girls indefinitely.

The court heard Reen was remorseful and accepted his actions had let down his family, the victim and the school.

Det Insp Kay Durrant, of Humberside Police, said: "Reen targeted a vulnerable young person and groomed her into having a sexual relationship with him."

In a statement, the girl's family said: "Schools are not an open playground for would-be sex offenders to groom and form sexual relationships with our children.

"We should feel safe and secure when leaving our children in a position of trust and hope this event will warn anyone planning on targeting our children, [that] the police and schools do not tolerate this."

Alison Michalska, director of children's services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "The message I would want to give to parents, children and staff joining the school is that there is nowhere to hide in East Riding, we will obviously deal with it and people are losing their jobs.

"I hope in terms of inappropriate relationships this is the end of it."



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