A teacher who flew home from a family holiday to have sex with a pupil has been jailed for two years. Richard Ackland targeted one 16-year-old victim after seeing her crying in a classroom at the Warwickshire school where he taught computer science.
The father-of-three, from Tisdale Rise, Kenilworth, then invited her out for a drink and kissed her on the lips, despite haven been advised to maintain a professional distance.
Ackland sent the girl a number of lewd messages detailing sex acts he wanted them to engage in, before starting to meet up after school, the Birmingham Mail reports.
The pair had sex numerous times, including at a service station hotel on the M40, and in Ackland’s remote caravan.
Warwick Crown Court then heard how the teacher had even flown back from a family holiday so that he could have sex with the girl in his home.
Before engaging in sexual activity, the 43-year-old had previously targeted another 16-year-old pupil at the same school.
The court heard how Ackland confided in the girl about his marital issues, before encouraging her to lift her shirt and show her breasts.
The girl declined his advances to touch and photograph them.
He then sent her messages on Facebook, describing the sex acts he wanted to perform on her, as well as making similar remarks directly to her at school.
He also took opportunities to stroke her neck, thigh and touch her breast over her clothing, pressing against her, and lunging at her on one occasion and trying to kiss her.
Ackland, who has since split with his wife as a result of the proceedings, once took her hand and made her touch him over his trousers, and made numerous requests for her to meet him outside of school to have sex in his car – but she refused.
Upon his arrest Ackland denied sexual contact with either of the two girls.
But, on the day he was due to face a jury, Ackland pleaded guilty to inciting one girl to engage in sexual activity, and sexual activity with the other girl, both while in a position of trust as a teacher.
On Friday, he was jailed for two years and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.