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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Teacher jailed for abusing girls
Denis Grant
Judge said Denis Grant showed no remorse
A former teacher awarded an OBE for services to young people has been jailed for indecent assault.

Denis Grant, of Cabin Hill Park, Belfast, showed no emotion as sentence was passed at Belfast Crown Court.

Jailing him for three-and-a-half years Judge Kennedy said she had no option but to jail him because so many girls were involved.

Grant, 69, was convicted of abusing six girls he had been privately tutoring at his home for the 11-plus.

During the trial in March the court heard the girls, aged between nine and 12 years old, were subjected to "regular and sustained" sexual abuse while being tutored for the transfer test between 2003 and 2004.

The former Campbell College teacher was also acquitted of 13 charges of indecent assault.

Their parents entrusted them to your care in the belief that they were safe - you abused that trust
Judge Kennedy

The court heard one of his victims now suffers from clinical depression while another has developed psychiatric problems.

Judge Kennedy said Grant had shown no remorse and had forced his victims to relive their experiences in court where they were accused of telling lies.

"You had a teacher-pupil relationship with each of these girls," she said.

"Their parents entrusted them to your care in the belief that they were safe - you abused that trust."

She also said rather than face up to his crimes, Grant had claimed he was a victim of collusion between parents and their daughters.

Judge Kennedy said she had taken into account that Grant's offences were not the most serious to have been brought before the courts and that he had no previous convictions.

A restraining order to prevent the pensioner from working with children was also granted.

Outside the court, an elderly man read out a brief statement on behalf of a number of the families affected by Grant's crimes.

It said: "Some of the parents and some of the grandparents reckon the sentence speaks for itself.

"The most important thing is that the children have been vindicated and we hope that this will help to protect other children."



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