A SCHOOL computer expert who devastated the life of a girl he had a sexual relationship with is starting a five-year jail sentence.
Christopher Miller, 39, an IT technician at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, manipulated the victim into sleeping with him, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Police launched a probe when Miller’s wife came across a text message to the victim which horrified her.
Miller, a dad of four, later confessed to seven counts of sexual activity with a child and was jailed yesterday.
Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said: “His wife noticed the defendant became more and more secretive about the use of his mobile phone and messages upon it.
“She found a message from the defendant to the girl she indicated horrified her.”
In the message Miller talked about his “deep love” for the girl.
Mr Dodds added: “The defendant sent her text messages saying he was confused, had lost sleep, but couldn’t help how he felt and hoped she felt the same.
“This was repeated activity which has had a clear impact on her.”
Miller left home after the revelations came to light.
Mr Dodds said he “effectively went on the run” and planned to hand himself in when police stopped him on the A66 near Stockton.
Peter Wishlade, mitigating, said Miller, of no fixed address, accepted his behaviour was “totally reprehensible and disgraceful” but added it was relatively short-lived.
Mr Wishlade added: “His life is in tatters and will remain so because the employment he enjoyed for 15 years has gone and will never again be available to him.
“He can’t explain what he did. He doesn’t try to excuse it.
“He is remorseful and understands that only one sentence is appropriate.”
Judge Peter Bowers said: “I don’t know whether you have read the victim impact statement .
“You will see the profound effect what happened has had on her.”
Andrew Jordon, headteacher of Dyke House Sports and Technology College, said: “Christopher Miller was immediately suspended from his non-teaching post as an IT technician at the college as soon as the allegations – which did not relate to activities at the college – were made.