Kato Harris knew he wanted to be a teacher from the age of 16. Helping pupils fulfil their potential was one of his driving ambitions. Becoming a head teacher himself, he spent many years encouraging others to enter the teaching profession. Now, having been cleared of sexually abusing a female pupil during lunchbreaks in 2013 after just 15 minutes of jury deliberation, he says:
‘If I knew on the day I qualified what I know now, I would never have become a teacher. I will never work with children again – I will never put myself in that position of vulnerability.’
‘…. I would certainly advocate that no man qualify as a teacher. It is just not worth it. What is the lesson here? There is nothing to protect the male teacher.’
In a long and detailed interview with the Mail on Sunday he outlines his case and shows how – he believes – the entire system was stacked against him, from the first accusation at the school, to the police interviews, the CPS role, and the entire public process of being named and shamed without any real evidence being given against him, other than the word of his ‘highly strung’ accuser.
‘I genuinely believe she picked me because she had to pick someone. One of the biggest challenges I face in the future is learning to forgive her. I will do, just not now.’
‘I know that she would have gone through a lot of distress and guilt after I was arrested, as she knew I was innocent.’
He is, understandably, bitter about the whole experience.
‘I had to give up my dream because of a crime I didn’t commit,’ he says. ‘I am unemployed, living in a bedsit and will soon be on housing benefit. I am toxic.’
The background details on the behaviour of the police and the CPS are extremely interesting, and clearly give rise to many questions as to whether they conducted themselves appropriately or not.
Mr Harris is convinced the case would have been dropped but for the deep pockets of the girl’s parents, who hired the services of both Alison Levitt, the former principal legal adviser to the head of the CPS, and Sue Akers, an ex-Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner.
Their job was to keep the detectives on their toes. By all accounts, they succeeded.
Later, in a damning assessment, the judge said that despite the paucity of evidence, Levitt and Akers put ‘enormous pressure’ on the police and the CPS to prosecute Mr Harris.
It was a decision that the judge called ‘improper’ when he ruled in January that it should pay all of Mr Harris’s costs.
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