Coventry & Warwickshire

Sandrine Brown jailed over child sex offences in Coventry

Sandrine Brown Image copyright PA
Image caption The court heard that offences took place in Brown's home, in a car and at a hotel

A PE teacher who abused her position of trust to groom two teenage girls for sex has been jailed for 18 months.

Sandrine Brown, 31, from Coventry, engaged in sex in a store room with one of her victims after befriending her on an internet messaging site.

Brown pleaded guilty on the basis that there had never been an occasion when she was in bed with both girls at the same time, Warwick Crown Court heard.

The six child sex offences were committed between 2008 and 2011.

'Groomed into being gay'

The court heard that Brown had worked at Finham Park School from 2006 and her victims were aged between 13 and 17 at the time of the offences, which took place at her home, in a car and at a hotel.

Judge Richard Griffith-Jones said she had taken advantage of her victims in a "weak and self-indulgent" manner.

He said: "This case is a tragedy, most particularly for the two now young women who were young girls at the time that they were sexually abused by you.

"But it is also a tragedy for you because you were blessed with intelligence and athleticism and sensitivity, and you began to work as a teacher in a very responsible position."

Judge Griffith-Jones said he had no option to send Brown to prison because of the "gross breach of trust" and the effect on the victims.

Brown, who admitted one charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust, and five further counts of sexual activity with a child, was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, one of the complainants said she felt "that she was groomed into thinking that she was gay when she had never looked at the same sex in that way before".

Defence barrister Lee Marklew said Brown - who had no previous convictions - wished that her victims could find closure and "some peace" after the case.

Mr Marklew said Brown had a history of depression, had undergone counselling and was socially isolated at the time of the offences.

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