Ben Breakwell, a music teacher (living in York, but) who worked in west London, was convicted of sexual offences against girls at a London school where he taught, between 2014 and 2017. He abused his position of trust, as a music teacher, to engage the three girls in sexual activity, who were aged between 13 and 16. Breakwell began a full sexual relationship with two of his victims, age 13 and 14
A further offence relating to indecent images, concerned a fourth girl.
What was the Complaint and Investigation of Ben Breakwell?
In September 2017 a friend of one of the victims made a report to school staff. That report led to Ben Breakwell being suspended by the school and a report being made to the police, who launched an investigation. Mr Breakwell was arrested in November 2017.
The police investigation found evidence of indecent images on his computer, in relation to another victim who did not live in the country.
Following a police interview Ben Breakwell denied allegations of a relationship between him and the girls.
What sexual offences was Ben Breakwell accused of?
In February 2020 Ben Breakwell was charged with multiple sexual offences.
What sexual offences was Ben Breakwell convicted of?
On Monday, 2 August 2021 at Isleworth Crown Court, Ben Breakwell was convicted of 32 sexual offences against young girls at a school in west London. He was convicted of 22 counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust, one count of sexual assault and two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.
What jail sentence was Ben Breakwell given?
He is in custody and will be sentenced on 14 October 2021.
What did the Police say?
Det Con Ben Lawrence-Smith said: "My thoughts are with the young girls who were betrayed by Breakwell. They have all been incredibly brave and it is their courage in speaking out that has brought him to justice.
"Breakwell deceived and abused these girls and then sought to evade any responsibility for his actions. They were manipulated to the point where some felt it was they who were doing wrong. The fact Breakwell was a teacher only compounds this gross betrayal of trust.
"It is clear that Breakwell was a sexual predator who carefully manipulated these young girls in order to exploit them.
"His victims were very young and he led them to believe they were in love with him, knowing that if they cared for him they were less likely to alert anyone to his crimes."