Ampleforth College teacher Dara De-Cogan jailed after sexually abusing pupil

A TALENTED musician and teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing a pupil at Ampleforth College over some years.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told Dara De-Cogan, 58: “You used her to satisfy your sexual desires and to act out your own sexual fantasies.

“It was an abject failure of the trust her parents had placed in Ampleforth College and more particularly in you.”

De-Cogan, of Kilburn near Thirsk, pleaded guilty to ten charges of engaging in sexual activity while in a position of trust and was jailed for 28 months at York Crown Court. He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and banned from ever contacting the girl again

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