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Drama teacher sexually abused girls – saying it would improve career chances

A Midlands drama teacher, aged 38, has been found guilty after he sexually abused girls as young as 15.

Twisted Christopher Lynch targeted teens by ‘abusing’ his ‘position of trust’.

He sexually assaulted them at the theatre group he set up in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

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Lynch carried out a reign of abuse, including rape and sexual assault, against a number of girls between 2013 and 2017.

Northampton Crown Court heard Lynch had been running an amateur dramatics company in the town, but used it as an opportunity to target vulnerable young girls who had an interest in acting.

On all occasions, his victims, who were aged between 15 and 19 at the time, were led to believe he would help them further their acting careers.

He was yesterday found guilty of 11 counts of sexual abuse – including one rape, four counts of sexual activity with a child, and three counts of sexual assault.

Lead investigator, Detective Constable Laura Mannion, from the Force’s Child Protection Team, said: “I am pleased that Christopher Lynch has today been found guilty and that he will shortly be sentenced for the crimes he committed.

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“This has been a lengthy and complex investigation, which wouldn’t have been possible without the bravery and determination of all the victims and witnesses to bring this man to justice. They never wavered in their support for the investigation, and each one faced their fear and gave evidence against him, as he made them endure a trial, trying to maintain his innocence with a web of lies.

“Lynch was in a position of trust. He set up a theatre company so he had opportunities to prey on young females. In the majority of these cases, he sexually abused these females when they were at their most vulnerable, when they had aspirations to be actresses, and his assaults against them stopped them in their tracks when they were trying to pursue their dreams.

“The victims and witnesses are collectively responsible for Christopher Lynch being brought to justice for his crimes, and in doing so, they have prevented him harming other people in this way. They should be forever proud of their actions. I hope today’s result allows them some sense of closure so they can begin to move on with their lives, ones that have undoubtably been put on hold during this investigation.

“I also hope others reading this who have been in similar situations will be encouraged by this to come forward and report crimes of this nature to the police. Northamptonshire Police will listen to you and support you.”

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