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Teacher jailed for pupil affairs
Teacher Steven Edwards who was jailed for having sex with pupils
Steven Edwards had sex with teenage girls he taught
A teacher has been jailed for abusing his position of trust by having sex with three schoolgirls.

Steven Edwards, 34, of Fortyfoot, Bridlington, was jailed for four years and nine months by a judge at Hull Crown Court.

Edwards was convicted of having sex or engaging in sexual activity with pupils aged 14 to 16 over a four-year period at a school in East Yorkshire.

Married Edwards was told by the judge that his offending was serious.

Edwards was also ordered to register as a sex offender and disqualified from either paid or unpaid work with children in the future.

After the verdict Det Insp Nigel Sawyer, of Humberside Police, said: "This is every parent's worst nightmare.

"We all warn our children about strangers but you automatically place your trust in teachers and Steven Edwards abused that trust in the worst way imaginable.

"Whilst he should have been protecting, supporting and helping these young girls to develop academically, Edwards chose to abuse his position and betray his profession and use his role to prey on vulnerable children."

They were vulnerable and you coaxed them into such activity by your flattery and attention
Judge Michael Mettyear

The Recorder of Hull, Judge Michael Mettyear, told Edwards he had coaxed the girls into sex by using "flattery and attention".

"To any objective observer, the evidence against you was compelling.

"It's a great shame you could not bring yourself to admit what you had done and therefore spared the girls from having to give evidence."

Edwards had been warned about his inappropriate behaviour towards schoolgirls he taught both in 2002 and again in November 2003.

Judge Mettyear said: "You were given strong warnings by both the headmaster and a police officer."

Referring to all the girls involved, the judge added: "They were vulnerable and you coaxed them into such activity by your flattery and attention."


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