September 2019

Music teacher admits sexually assaulting young schoolgirls

A music teacher who admitted sexually assaulting young schoolgirls while in the classroom has escaped a custodial sentence.

Simon Reeves touched four youngsters on the legs and thighs as he gave them lessons at a primary school in East Lothian over two years until 2017.

Reeves, 46, also stroked the girls’ hair and backs during the music tuition and encouraged them to sit on his knee.

The girls all believed Reeves behaviour was “normal at the time” and that he was “just being friendly” when he began caressing them.

But the sleazy teacher was reported to police after one victim found out Reeves had been prosecuted last year for a similar offence and was on the Sex Offenders’ Register (SOR).

All four victims were just nine and ten-years-old when Reeves targeted them in the classroom.

Reeves pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual assault at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and he returned to the dock for sentencing yesterday.

Sheriff Nigel Morrison said the he had carried out “a gross breach of trust” but noted reports stated he had been assessed as “a low risk” of re-offending.

He spared Reeves, of Leith, a jail term and instead ordered him to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Reeves was also placed on a supervision order and the SOR for the next two years.

He will also have to adhere to a conduct requirement banning from being alone with children under the age of 18.

Reeves was also handed a community disposal and placed on the sex offenders register last year after he pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a schoolgirl at another primary school in East Lothian.

Previously the court heard the father-of-two was employed by East Lothian Council and taught children how to play instruments at several primary schools and a high school.

Fiscal Alan Morrison said all the incidents involving Reeves touching the schoolgirls took place in the school’s music room.

Alistair Milne, defending, said Reeves “accepted full responsibility”.

August 2018

Music teacher fondled schoolgirl, 14, during lessons

A MUSIC teacher who fondled a young schoolgirl during one-to-one lessons at a secondary school in East Lothian has been placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Simon Reeves rubbed the girl’s thighs and back as he leaned over her during classes at the school on many occasions over a 30-month period.

Reeves, who taught pupils brass instruments, first targeted the teenager when she was just 14 by touching her and making sexual comments to her in December 2014.

The teacher even persuaded the schoolgirl to babysit for his children over the following months in a bid to get her on her own.

The father-of-two would then chat to her about his marital problems and make inappropriate and suggestive comments towards her.

Reeves’ lewd behaviour continued until June last year and during a subsequent police interview he admitted he had touched the girl during class but there were “no sexual connotations” because he was just “a tactile person”.

Reeves pleaded guilty to making sexual remarks to the girl and touching her on the thigh on various occasions between December 15, 2014, and June 1, 2017, when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Wednesday.

Fiscal depute Faith Millar told the court that the girl could not remember when the comments started as she described his behaviour as “a gradual thing” but looking back the girl said he “made so many comments it is hard to remember specifics”.

Ms Millar said the girl had said the “touching was around the same time” and it was “mainly hugging and touching my thighs”.

The fiscal read out a statement from the victim which said: “He would hug me at least once a week during lessons and he would rub my back with his hand. I always pulled away before he went too low.

“It made me feel uncomfortable but I didn’t say anything to him as I felt awkward. At the time I felt he meant well but looking back now I don’t.

“When I was in lessons with Mr Reeves he would sometimes touch my thighs. When he was talking he would put one or both hands on my thighs – right about the middle of my thighs.

“Sometimes he would rub my thighs and sometimes he would be still.

“I don’t remember it lasting a long time or his hands never went too high and he never got near my privates.

“If I wore a skirt his hands would go up my skirt.

“I felt uncomfortable but I didn’t say anything as I wasn’t sure what to say.”

Reeves’ “inappropriate behaviour” was then reported to school bosses in June last year and he was interviewed by police regarding the allegations last September.

The fiscal added that Reeves, from Edinburgh, told police he admitted touching the girl on the thighs but that there was “no sexual motivation” to his actions.

Sheriff John Cook placed the teacher on the sex offenders’ register for a period still to be determined and full sentence was deferred to next month.

A report will also be sent to Scottish Ministers recommending Reeves be banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Reeves describes himself as a freelance trumpet player and has also taught brass music lessons at two primary schools in East Lothian.