Teacher Iain McDowall, 47, jailed for ten years for sexually abusing young girls
A “trusted” Birmingham teacher who abused two young girls has been jailed for ten years.
One of the youngsters said Iain McDowall robbed her of her innocence and ruined her childhood.
The 47-year-old, of Willow Avenue, Edgbaston, was found guilty after a trial of two charges of sexual assault on a child under 13 and another serious sexual charge.
He was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court and also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
The crimes happened between 2008 and 2010 when the defendant was working at a city school.
The court heard McDowall was “utterly trusted by his colleagues.”
The abuse of one of the girls only came to light in October 2017 when she revealed what had happened in a letter to her mother.
In a statement read to the court, the other girl said she now felt aggression towards men.
She said: “I cannot believe what he did. This is someone I should trust and someone who should support me.
“I feel my innocence has been taken away and my childhood ruined.
“What he has done to me will stay for the rest of my life.”
Passing sentence, Judge Paul Farrer QC, said the first girl had also been left with significant psychological problems.
She suffered from anxiety and struggled to attend school, which led to her being home-schooled and feeling trapped in her own home.
The judge told McDowall: “There is no doubt she believes her problems have been caused by you and in that sense your abuse has undoubtedly exacerbated her very significant difficulties.
“You will never work with children again.
“During the trial I heard from seven witnesses who spoke of your positive good character.
“Your good character was a central feature in being trusted to look after children – in these circumstances its relevance is substantially diminished.”
The judge said he had accounted for McDowall’s unblemished and productive life since the offences took place.