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predator Paedo Derry music teacher who groomed schoolgirls and recorded sex acts jailed

The judge told disgraced teacher Jonathan Hutton he had “preyed on vulnerable young girls to satisfy his own perverse sexual preferences”

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Antrim Crown Court. Photo: Google

Antrim Crown Court. Photo: Google

Antrim Crown Court. Photo: Google

A music teacher turned paedophile who sexually groomed and abused two teenage schoolgirls, even recording some of the sex acts, was handed a 12-year sentence today.

Sentencing 38-year-old Jonathan Hutton at Antrim Crown Court and ordering the sexual predator to serve half his sentence in jail and half in custody, Judge Kinney said while he knew the sentence “will not bring an end to the trauma and distress [of the victims]" he said he hoped it would "close a chapter for them and allow them to move forward with the rest of their lives".

With the disgraced Londonderry music teacher appearing at court by video-link from prison, the judge told him he had “preyed on vulnerable young girls to satisfy his own perverse sexual preferences” and that in relation to both victims, “I’m satisfied that he set out to groom them, to gain their confidence to enable him to commit these pernicious offences".

He added that Hutton was so driven to carry out his sordid acts and the fact that he was on police bail for having indecent images of children had not deterred him from abusing his victims.

At an earlier hearing, Hutton, previously from Papworth Avenue in Derry, but now with an address c/o Maghaberry Prison, entered guilty pleas to a total of 18 sex offences committed over six and half years between March 31, 2013, and September 2, 2019.

In relation to the first victim, Hutton confessed to nine offences, including eight of sexually activity with a child under 16, involving penetration and committed by a period in a position of trust and one of voyeurism, committed on dates between March 31, 2013 and September 13, 2015.

In relation to his second victim, the private music tutor admitted grooming, sexual activity involving penetration and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child on dates between September 30, 2018 and September 2, 2019, and in addition, Hutton also admitted six counts of making or taking indecent images of children.

In addition to the jail sentence, Hutton was made the subject of a ten-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banned from working with children and ordered to sign the police sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

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