A former PE teacher and football coach has today (May 2) been sentenced to 24 years in prison for sexual offences against a young boy.
Michael Smee, 39, from Stevenage, was found guilty of sexually assaulting and raping a child under 13 years old, following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to four further counts of sexual activity with a child.
The court was told Smee met his victim through football coaching. The offences took place over a period of more than two years from January 2013 until April 2016.
Frances Bush from the CPS said:
“Smee took advantage of a position of trust and his victim’s love of sport to commit these terrible acts.
“It is thanks to the victim’s bravery in coming forward and the hard work of specialist CPS prosecutors that he will be unable to continue his offending.”
Notes for Editors:
- Frances Bush is Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Thames and Chiltern.
- At the time of the offences Smee was employed as a teacher at a school in Hertfordshire and also worked as a part-time football coach.