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Driving instructor sexually assaulted woman during a lesson

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A rapist driving instructor sexually assaulted a woman in his car during a lesson in Manchester.

Predatory Martyn Rees 'spent years abusing his position as a trusted driving instructor' to commit offences against learner drivers.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) meanwhile said he used his job to 'sexually prowl on young females' - and revealed 29 mobile phone clips of Rees covertly recording intimate body parts of young driving students were found.

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Rees was also convicted of attempted sexual assault of a woman during a lesson in Manchester and of making an indecent image of a teenage girl from Manchester.

The sex assault happened during a lesson and was committed against a woman in her 20s, police said.

Rees - who has not been able to operate as a driving instructor on either a paid or unpaid basis since March 2018 - pleaded not guilty to the three offences, but was found guilty on Friday after a trial by a jury at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

He was also found guilty of numerous sexual offences, including the rape of a teenage girl in his car; two counts of sexual activity with a child; five counts of making indecent photographs of a child; and possession of an extreme pornographic image.

Rees, from Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assault by penetration; two counts of sexual assault; four counts of making indecent photographs of a child; and two counts of possessing cannabis.

The incidents took place in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Cheshire and Manchester between February 2015 and March 2018.

He was arrested in March last year following reports of the rape of the teenage girl in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:

A subsequent examination of his mobile phone revealed indecent images of children and led to the identification of further victims.

Rees was then re-arrested.

He has not been able to operate as a driving instructor on either a paid or unpaid basis since March, 2018.

– A Staffordshire Police spokesman

Detective Inspector Simon Caton, of the force’s child protection and exploitation team, said:

Rees has spent years abusing his position as a trusted driving instructor to commit sexual offences against his pupils.

He also sexually assaulted a vulnerable teenage girl, following a chance encounter with her.

I would urge anyone who has been a victim of such crimes to come forward and report this to us, we will listen and you and your families will be supported by specially-trained detectives and social workers.

If you are or have been a victim or you are worried about something, and you don’t feel ready to talk to the police, please speak to someone you trust.

– Detective Inspector Simon Caton

Tamina Greaves, from the CPS, said after the conviction:

This was a distressing case where the offender has abused his position as a driving instructor to sexually prowl on young females.

He was found to be in possession of extreme pornography, indecent images of children and his internet search history revealed his sexual interest in children.

There were also 29 clips of Rees covertly recording intimate body parts of young female driving students. I would like to commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward.

– Tamina Greaves

Rees was remanded in custody to be sentenced by a judge at a later date.