A FORMER teacher from a school in Bromsgrove who initiated an inappropriate sexual relationship with two of his former pupils has been jailed for two years.
Richard Knight, 53, began the relationships and went on to see the girls on a regular basis until they turned 18.
Knight, formerly of Rainbow Hill in Worcester, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a girl while in a position of trust.
He was sentenced yesterday (Friday) at Worcester Crown Court.
The investigation was launched after concerns were raised with the safeguarding board.
Following the sentencing Det Ch Insp Lisa Duncan welcomed the conviction and said she hoped it would offer some comfort to the victims manipulated by Knight.
“During the time of the offences Knight was in a position of trust as a teacher at the school.
“The victims have shown great courage in reporting this to us and throughout the investigation.
“I hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences, giving them the confidence to report, and the confidence that they will be believed and that police will do everything to bring offenders to justice.”
DCI Duncan urged anyone else affected by this case to come forward and report it to the police.
Anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence should call the police on 101 where, the force said, specially trained officers would help victims with care and sensitivity, and will work to get the right result for them with their wishes in mind.
There are also many agencies which can be approached for help, guidance or support which offer a variety of services.
Visit http://stoprapenow.co.uk/4284 for more information and for a list of the agencies available in your area.