Updated: 9:06 pm, Jan 30, 2016
A PE teacher who used her position to manipulate two Coventry schoolgirls into having a sexual relationship with her has been jailed 18 months.
Sandrine Brown, of Paladine Way, was convicted for eight sexual offences against two teenage girls for a number of incidents between 2008 and 2012, while they were pupils at a city school.
A court at Leamington Justice Centre heard how the 30-year-old had abused her position of trust by befriending the girls, one of which was aged between 13-18 and the other 16-18, who confided in her while at school and on school trips.
Brown then began messaging the girls and asking to meet them both in and out of school before both relationships became sexual and overlapped each other.
The relationships came to an end after one of the pupils reported Brown who was arrested in April 2014 and immediately suspended from her job.
She was charged with one count of abusing a position of trust and four counts of sexual activity in respect to one of the girls.
She was charged with a further count of abusing a position of trust and two charges of sexual activity with the second teen.
Brown pleaded guilty to all of the offences and was sentenced on Friday (January 29). She will also be placed on the Sexual Offenders Register.
Det Cons Sherrie Kimberley said the girls were both very brave in coming forward and to give statements.
She added: “We will always take reports of sexual abuse seriously – and victims needn’t worry that offences occurred a number of years ago because, as cases like this show, we can still build compelling cases against offenders.
“I would urge anyone who has suffered abuse, no matter how long ago, to contact West Midlands Police so we can investigate and I hope this sentence serves to help anyone else who may find themselves in a similar situation to have the courage to come forward and report abuse.
“We have a range of support services available from the police and a raft of other agencies. We have specially trained and experienced officers who can offer practical advice and support in all aspects of sexual and domestic abuse.”