Teaching Assistant Jailed For Grooming Teenage Student

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You may remember Caroline Berriman – the teaching assistant who was spared jail despite admitting to having frequent sex with a 15-year-old pupil.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, she was initially handed a suspended two year sentence but that was quashed by the Court of Appeal today, who deemed that punishment too lenient following complaints from the public and a local MP, and instead slapped her with a two year prison sentence.

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Berriman, 30, who worked at the Abraham Moss Community School in north Manchester, started a relationship with the teenage boy last year while she was a classroom assistant there. She was suspended when the allegations were first made and has now left the school.

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It’s alleged they had sex up to 80 times and the relationship only stopped when she became pregnant and had a termination. As the student was not yet 16 at the time, he was not legally able to consent.

Berriman pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child and a further charge of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust at her original trial in September. It was there she was handed the suspended sentence, which has now been quashed, alongside 250 hours of community work.

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After today’s ruling, in a statement, the Attorney General’s office said:

Caroline Berriman, who worked as a trusted classroom assistant, groomed and then took advantage of a teenage boy, plainly abusing that position of trust. I referred the case to the Court of Appeal because the original sentence failed to fully reflect the ages of the defendant and the victim.

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I am therefore pleased the Court of Appeal today imposed a two-year immediate prison term on Berriman which should reassure the public and send out a strong message that teenagers of both genders have a legal right to be protected from grooming and sexual interference.

The teenager, who did not attend court for the hearings, has now left the school.


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Manchester Evening News

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