September 2019

Derby teaching assistant sexually assaulted underage teen

A teaching assistant from a Derby school sexually assaulted an underage girl at his Alvaston home.

Roy Hobson, who worked at Merrill Academy for five years, massaged the girl in his bedroom before sexually touching her.

Derby Crown Court heard how during the “moment of madness” he also bit her nose and ear and tried to kiss her on the lips as he lay on top of her.

Immediately after carrying out the perverted act she heard the 42-year-old say how what he had done meant he would lose his job.

Hobson told the girl not to tell anyone what had happened but she confided in a family member who talked her into telling their father.

Now he has been jailed for nine months after admitting his offending.

Judge Ebrahim Mooncey said: “You are someone who was in a position of responsibility, who was trusted and who abused that trust.

“On this day you did something wrong.

“You took this young girl to your bedroom and that is where your trouble started.

“You touched her sexually without her consent.

“It is true you said sorry to her but she was genuinely distressed.”

Gurmit Singh, prosecuting, said Hobson took the girl back to his address in Penzance Road in 2017.

He said they went upstairs and showered while she waited in his bedroom.

When he was out, she asked him if he would massage her shoulders which he agreed to do before massaging her thighs and then sexually assaulting her.

Mr Singh said: “She did not know what to make of it.

‘Tried to kiss her’

“He lay on top of her bit her nose and ear and tried to kiss her on the lips.

“He told her not to tell anyone else and heard him mutter that he needed to step down from his job.”

Mr Singh said Hobson was arrested and told officers he did not want to massage the girl when she asked him to because it was “inappropriate”.

But he later pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a girl under the age of 16.

In a victim impact statement, read to the court, the girl said she was having flashbacks and nightmares and did not want to go out in case she bumped into Hobson.

‘Dedicated and inspiring worker’

She also said the assault affected her schoolwork and her ability to concentrate.

Tony Stanford, for Hobson, read out a number of references including one that called him “a dedicated and inspiring worker” and “an upstanding person who gave 110% at the school”.

Another, from a teacher at the school, said he would “re-employ Roy at the school without question”.

Mr Stanford said: “He recognises what he did was utterly stupid.

“He should have told her to leave the room and, if she had, nothing would have happened.

“In a few brief moments he gave into temptation and he must have known what he had done because she heard him muttering about having to leave his job.

“It was a moment of madness.”

Merrill Academy joined the Northworthy Trust in January 2018.

In a statement it said: “Mr Hobson left Merrill Academy in 2017 and has never been an employee of the Northworthy Trust.

“The Trust are therefore not in a position to comment.”