Teacher jailed for sex attacks

Derek Farrand set out to win a rape victim's trust then started abusing her.

Derek Farrand set out to win a rape victim's trust then started abusing her.

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A FORMER Blackpool headteacher abused a young girl after winning her trust – despite knowing she had previously been raped.

Derek Farrand’s victim was under 13 when he began abusing her, after meeting her shortly before he retired from his position at Palatine High School, South Shore, in summer 2009.

Farrand, 59, carried out a number of attacks on the girl – even taking a picture of himself abusing her – as well as one assault on her older sister before his crimes were discovered in June last year.

And yesterday, the former deputy headteacher, who also served as acting head, was told he had “thrown away” his good name and “betrayed the innocence” of the youngsters as a judge jailed him for four-and-a-half years.

He had earlier admitted five counts of sexual assault, three offences of taking indecent pictures of a child and three of making images of a minor.

Today, the family of his young victims’ said they hope he will never be allowed to ruin anyone else’s life.

Speaking after the case, at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, the girls’ parents said: “I wish they had thrown away the key.

“But we hope now he can’t hurt anyone else the way he has hurt us.

“We are having to move house now because he knows where we live.

“The betrayal was immense. We trusted him from the background he came from, he was an ex-deputy headteacher.

“It’s been a very distressing few months, when it all came out it was like somebody had ripped my heart out and torn it to shreds.”

The crimes of Farrand, of Severn Road, Heywood, Manchester, were discovered when his partner discovered a CD of indecent images, including pictures of his young victim, and he turned himself into police.

His “infatuation” with the young girl began with him buying her gifts including sweets, drinks and even a mobile phone.

Alaric Bassano, prosecuting, said given what Farrandwent on to do to the girl these were “self-interested acts of grooming”.

And these sexual assaults came despite knowing the youngest sister had previously been raped, and endured a court case before her attacker was jailed.

Mr Bassano added: “In a victim personal statement (the younger sister) said she felt horrible and hated the defendant. She regarded him as a traitor.

“He had abused their friendship and betrayed the trust placed in him.”

Graham Campbell, defending, said: “This was not a case where the defendant deliberately set out to groom young girls.

“He was a man who had served his community well as a teacher and has now thrown all that away.”As well as abusing the girls, Farrand also had hundreds of unrelated indecent images on his computer.

Jailing him for four years for each of the assaults - to run concurrently – and a further six months for having the images, Judge Jeffrey Lewis said: “By committing these offences you betrayed the innocence of their childhood.”

Farrand was banned from working with children, handed a restraining order not to contact the victim’s family and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order on top of the prison sentence. After the hearing, the girls’ uncle, who lives in Blackpool, added: “This is a punishment which is well deserved and he should serve every day of his sentence.

“The people of Blackpool should know what he has done and I actually think he should have been given an even longer punishment.”

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