Bath music teacher jailed for 12 years after raping teenage pupil
A music teacher who worked in Bath and Corsham has been jailed for 12 years for raping a pupil.
Robert Hughes groomed his 15-year-old victims before carrying out sex assaults on them in the 1990s.
And when his marriage collapsed he took a flat in the Wiltshire town where he raped one of the children, now an adult.
The 40-year-old denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty by a jury at Swindon Crown Court.
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Both girls admitted they had crushes on the teacher, but Judge Douglas Field told him they had been naive and sexually inexperienced.
The court heard he began kissing the girls before touching them inappropriately as he abused them both over a six-month period.
The girl who was raped had gone to his flat, where she had gone to bed with him, but insisted that she did not want full sex.
Despite the rape, the teenager continued to have a sexual relationship with Hughes before ending it.
She eventually made a complaint to police two years ago.
Hughes, now living in Staple Hill, Bristol, was convicted of rape and seven other sex offences on one girl and eight indecent assaults on the other.
Ed Burgess, defending, said his client still contested the jury's verdicts despite them finding him guilty.
He said he was clearly a talented, enthusiastic, young teacher and musician who was well thought of at the time of the offences.
But Mr Burgess said his client had been in a loveless marriage, had turned to drink and was not coping with his problems.
Judge Field said of the rape: "This was a serious breach of trust. At all times you were well aware that such a relationship was wrong."
Of the other girl, he said "She also had a crush on you. The same pattern took place as with the other girl.
"Again this relationship was a serious breach of trust and had all the hallmarks of grooming and manipulation, as with the other girl."
Jailing Hughes for 12 years, the judge said: "I accept your life is now in ruins and your teaching career has well and truly come to an end."
Hughes was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and will be on a list stopping him from working with children and vulnerable adults.