Elite private school teacher, 35, who had sex with a 17-year-old student after giving her help with her science homework is jailed
- Ben Farrar groomed a vulnerable teenager when teaching at Reddam House
- Asked the 17-year-old ‘what she liked sexually’ after noticing marks on her neck
- Disgraced former teacher was jailed for three years and nine months on Friday
A creepy private school teacher who groomed a teenage girl before having sex with her on multiple occasions has been jailed for almost four years.
Ben Fenner, 35, was a former teacher at the elite Reddam House at Bondi, in Sydney’s east.
The District Court heard on Friday a conversation quickly became sexual when the 17-year-old victim initially messaged Fenner on Whatsapp.
Having noticed marks on her neck when she walked into class one day, he asked her what she liked sexually.
Ben Fenner (pictured) was jailed on Friday after he was found guilty of grooming a student at the exclusive Reddam House, in Sydney’s east
Teacher Ben Fenner (pictured left) was a teacher at the elite Reddam House before his arrest
‘All the messages on here are encrypted … great for secrets,’ he told her.
District Court Judge Robert Webber jailed Fenner for three years and nine months on Friday.
He said the offending had had ‘powerful and devastating effects’ on the teenage victim, who was entitled to expect her teacher would assist her after she asked for help with her biology studies.
‘These legitimate expectations were cruelly dashed,’ the judge said.
‘(Instead) he used her for his own sexual gratification.’
After the teen reported the conduct to police, Fenner pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged under 18 in his care.
He also admitted a further eight instances of sexual intercourse.
Judge Webber took into account the former teacher’s contrition and remorse for the offending and said the risk of re-offending was low.
But he knocked back a plea for leniency over the former teacher’s good character and clean criminal record, saying Fenner’s high standing in the community was what allowed him to teach at the elite school and thus prey on his victim.
Fenner will be eligible for release in January 2023.
Reddam House in Sydney’s ritzy east, is considered one of the more elite schools in NSW (stock image)