Teaching assistant and dance teacher jailed for rape and sex with underage girls

A former teaching assistant and dance instructor has been jailed for having sex with his underage students.

Brett Bullock, 28, had sex or engaged in sexual activity with five young girls, the majority of whom he taught.

He raped one of the girls on numerous occasions, forcing her into sex whenever he felt like it.

Bullock, of St Anne’s Road in Newquay, had been on trial at Truro Crown Court this week and was convicted by a jury on Thursday of four counts of rape, assault by penetration and two penetrative sexual activity with a child charges.

He returned to the court on Friday to be sentenced for those offences, as well as 15 penetrative sexual activity with a child charges, two counts of sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two charges of making indecent images of a child.

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The second group of offences related to offending towards four other girls, which Bullock had already admitted.

The jury was told how he met the girl at his dance school in Newquay and regularly engaged in sexual activity with her when she was aged just 15.

When she turned 16, the relationship became more serious the pair started having sex which soon became forced.

After meeting a girl at a park Bullock, went on to ask her for naked pictures before they had sex at his dance centre and later his home.

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Another girl met the defendant at his dance school aged 13. When she turned 14 the defendant picked her up from school saying he needed her to sign a form only to take her to his house where he put his finger in her vagina.

He added one girl as a friend on Facebook when she was 15 and after a period of messaging they met up regularly to have sex at Bullock’s house and in his van.

The victim would stay there at weekends with Bullock telling her to tell his parents she was 18.

Bullock met another 15-year-old at a Volkswagen Jamboree in Stithians where he was camping nearby.

One night she returned to her tent tipsy which Bullock followed her before pulling her dress up to touch her vagina.

Mr Beal said Bullock knew full well how old she was as he referred to her as “little girl” over the course of the weekend.

Bullock also supplemented his sexual abuse with manipulation towards some of the victims, on occasions threatening to kill himself if they cut off contact.

Sentencing Bullock, Judge Simon Carr described the offending featured in the trial as “the systematic and long term rape” of the girl.

Judge Carr noted Bullock’s “complex” psychotic and psychological health decline before jailing him for 16 years, of which he must serve two thirds.

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