Wirral teacher Stephen Dickman jailed for having sex affair with teenage pupil
A TEACHER was jailed after being found guilty of having a two-year sexual affair with a pupil 20 years ago.
Jurors found Wallasey School teacher Stephen Dickman, 58, guilty of indecently assaulting the 14-year-old girl in the early 1990s.
Languages teacher Dickman, who was still working at the school before the allegations came to light, shook his head as the verdicts were delivered, but showed no other emotion.
Jailing him for 30 months, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said Dickman, of Kenilworth Road, Neston, Wirral, had taken advantage of his position.
He said: “The offences represent a gross breach of trust by a school teacher in respect of one of his pupils.
“Those who use the schools system are entitled to expect schoolteachers entrusted with the care of our children during the school day will treat then with appropriate care and not abuse that trust.”
The High Court judge said he had reduced the sentence because it was the only time Dickman had “succumbed to temptation”.
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and will be permanently disqualified from working with children.
Peter Davies, defending, said: “This will finish his career.”
His co-accused, fellow teacher and former Wirral magistrate and councillor, Graham Stothard was found not guilty of two charges of indecent assault.
It was alleged the 53-year-old had molested the same girl after being introduced to her by his pal Dickman.
Mr Stothard, who now lives in Lagos, Nigeria, had denied ever meeting the youngster.
During the week-long trial jurors heard Dickman kissed the girl after she wrote to him revealing she had a crush on him.
A sexual relationship, which involved everything but intercourse, then developed until the day before her 16th birthday.
Wallasey School head Philip Duffy said: “Stephen Dickman was suspended in January 2010 as soon as the allegations came to light.
“I will be meeting school governors as soon as is possible to discuss the outcome of this case.
“In the meantime, I would like to reassure parents and pupils that the welfare and wellbeing of our pupils remains paramount.” THE POST