Married teacher, 37, who abused and sexted teenage girl jailed for two years
A married school teacher who abused a teenage girl and asked her to send explicit photos has been jailed.
Tony Fraine, 37, groomed the victim and manipulated her into an inappropriate relationship, a court heard.
A judge described Fraine’s actions as “predatory” as he locked up him up for two years for the campaign of sexual abuse, reports Leicestershire Live.
Fraine’s career was left in tatters after he was sacked from his post as head of science at Hinckley Academy in Hinkley, Leicestershire, following the revelations.
Fraine, of Scraptoft, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 17 and one count of abuse of position of trust by causing/inciting sexual activity with a girl.
The disgraced teacher exchanged several hundred explicit email and text messages with his victim, Leicester Crown Court heard.
Anwar Nashahibi, prosecuting, said Fraine also requested naked images from the victim and sent explicit images of himself to her.
Fraine then engaged in sexual activity with the girl over the course of 10 days last year.
Mr Nashahibi said Fraine began by sending the teenager flattering messages which then became sexualised.
He gave her a gift of underwear and she “went along” with his requests for images.
Mr Nashashibi said: “The defendant told her it was wrong of him to take advantage of her.”
Fraine confided his fears about losing his job and being sent to prison.
He told her several times he would break off their relationship if she did not want to “do things,” which prompted reassurances from her.
Mr Nashashibi said: “It was juvenile, cynical and manipulative behaviour
It was only afterwards that the complainant realised she had been a victim of calculated grooming, the court heard.
The offences were brought to the attention of police after the victim’s friends saw two inappropriate emails on her mobile phone.
They also told officers they had recently noticed a change in her behaviour, and said she had become more secretive when using her mobile phone.
The victim then told police that Fraine had sent her indecent images of himself and that on several occasions had touched her in an inappropriate manner.
Fraine sat in the dock with his head bowed during much of the prosecution outline and shook his head several times.
At times he was red-faced and on the verge of tears.
The victim did not attend court.
Natalie Goffe, mitigating, said: “He’s deeply remorseful for the way he behaved and deeply ashamed because he’s not only let himself down but his family and others.
“He says that his marriage was ‘brilliant’. He’s confused as to why he acted as he did.”
Miss Goffe said Fraine had been through “a lot of stress” with his wife going through a difficult pregnancy and birth of their child.
They have separated and are in the process of divorcing.
Fraine recently lived with his mother, who suffers from ill health and he was helping to look after her.
Miss Goffe said Fraine was actively addressing the reasons behind his offending and had sought solace in the church – with a supportive vicar attending the hearing.
Fraine was jailed for two years and given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order. He will have to enlist on a sex offender register for the same period.
Sentencing, Recorder Martin Butterworth told Fraine: “You groomed her over a substantial period of time which amounts to planning and exercised a corruptive influence over her.
“It was deliberate, manipulative and predatory.
“You set about making your victim feel responsible for keeping you safe from your crimes.
“You manipulated her to a position where you were able to abuse her.
“When arrested you denied the offences and didn’t demonstrate any remorse when interviewed, although you pleaded guilty at court.
“Any remorse you feel is directed towards yourself and the position you now found yourself in, rather than your victim.
“The sad thing about this isn’t the fact you have lost your career, it is the fundamental and lasting harm you’ve done to your victim.”
The recorder said he took into account references that spoke highly of Fraine and the fact he had voluntarily completed an online sex offender rehabilitation course.
Detective Constable Aisling McPhillips of Leicestershire Police was the officer in the case.
DC McPhillips said after the hearing: “Fraine found himself in a position of trust, which allowed him regular contact with the victim.
“He first began exchanging emails with her, before then sending messages via WhatsApp, which soon became of a sexual nature.
“In some of his messages he acknowledged what he was doing was wrong, but it didn’t stop him.
“He took advantage of the position he found himself in for his own sexual gratification.
“I hope the public will take some comfort from the fact Fraine has been sentenced to a period of imprisonment where he can reflect on the severity of his crimes.
“The victim in this case has shown great courage in disclosing what happened, which in turn allowed us to charge Fraine with these offences.
“The fact Fraine has admitted his crimes meant she didn’t have to recall what happened in front of a jury – and I hope she can find some relief in that.
“I believe there may be other victims have not yet come forward.
“If there are, I would encourage those people to do so. We have trained officers who are able to support victims through the course of an investigation.”
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