Sanjeev Mittal, 49, molested pupils aged eight and 10 after being hired to help them pass 11-Plus exams
A paedophile private tutor who sexually abused girls during £50-an-hour home school lessons has been jailed for five years.
Sanjeev Mittal, 49, molested two of his pupils when they were aged eight and 10 after being hired to help them pass their 11-plus exams.
He carried out the abuse at his home in Edgbaston, Birmingham, but one girl was also assaulted at her home address – while her mother was in a room nearby.
West Midlands Police were alerted by the NSPCC after the parents of the eight-year-old contacted the charity with concerns over his behaviour on November 24, 2016.
The schoolgirl told officers how during a two-hour study session at his home he touched her feet and legs.
An investigation discovered from another mother that Mittal had regularly molested her daughter between April 2013 and June 2015.
The student- who was aged 10 and 12 at the time – said how Mittal touched her legs and tried to put his hand down the waistband of her trousers.
He was arrested on November 26 2016 and again on June 19 2017 after further allegations emerged.
The disgraced tutor denied the accusations and claimed the stories had been invented because one of the mothers had a grudge against him.
Appearing at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday, he was found guilty of nine counts of sexual assault by touching.
Mittal, who has a Masters in mathematics and ran his business called JS Home Tutors, was jailed and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
It is believed that Mittal is likely to have tutored ‘hundreds’ of children and West Midlands Police are urging concerned parents to get in touch.
Detective Constable Sarah Jones, of West Midlands Police, said: He was offering tutoring services for the last 10 years and his mobile phone had more than 100 contact numbers for parents who we believe used his services.
‘If any parents suspect their children may have suffered at Mittal’s hands then I would ask them to get in touch.
‘His youngest victim was scheduled to sit the 11-Plus in September, that’s what her parents employed Mittal to prepare her for, but since the assaults she’s been too scared to work with a private tutor and won’t now take the examination.
‘That illustrates the long-term impacts child sexual abuse can have: it’s not just the immediate physical or psychological effect of the offending but also the longer term impacts which can do lasting damage to education, work and life prospects.
‘I wish the girls all the very best for their futures and thank them for their courage in speaking out and disclosing Mittal’s offences to their parents.
‘Their brave actions have undoubtedly saved other children from being abused by him and for that they, and their parents, can be rightly proud.’
Julia Mcsorley, from the Crown Prosecution Service, added: ‘Sanjeev Mittal abused his position of trust and authority to inappropriately touch his two young victims for his own sexual gratification.
‘The victims had been entrusted in his care, but he exploited this trust to sexually assault them.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victims and their families for the courage and support in helping us to bring this dangerous offender to justice.’