"The victims had been entrusted in his care"
Sanjeev Mittal, a private tutor aged 49, has been found guilty and jailed for sexually molesting two very young students who were under 13 years of age when he was teaching them.
Mittal was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on May 25, 2018, after a jury heard accounts of two victims who had been sexually assaulted by him during lessons.
On November 24, 2016, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) alerted police, after they were contacted by a father of one of the victims.
The father told the NSPCC that his young daughter had revealed to him that Mittal touched her inappropriately at his own house when she attended tutoring at the premises in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
A police investigation into the accusation then identified a second victim.
The second young girl told the police in her interview that Mittal sexually assaulted her when he visited her family home during lessons and also at Sanjeev’s house and other business addresses where she was taught by the tutor.
After the revelations of both victims, Mittal was then arrested by police.
At the court hearing, the jury found Sanjeev Mittal guilty of nine counts of sexual assault of a child under 13.
Mittal was jailed for five years for his sexual abuse of the young girls.
Julia Mcsorley from the Crown Prosecution Service said after the verdict:
“Sanjeev Mittal abused his position of trust and authority to inappropriately touch his two young victims for his own sexual gratification.
“The victims had been entrusted in his care, but he exploited this trust to sexually assault them.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victims and their families for the courage and support in helping us to bring this dangerous offender to justice.”
Sanjeev Mittal, born in 1969, a British resident, was the director of a private tutoring company J S Home Tutors Limited operating since 2009.
Mittal resigned from the company based in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, in October 2017 and also ceased its operation at that time.
Cases like this highlight the importance of selecting trusted and vetted private tutoring companies and tutors. Even if a company is reputable, it is still viable to request checks on tutors, if in doubt.
If you need to report any kind of child abuse, you can contact the following organisations for support and help.
- Childline ~ This is a free counselling service available for children up until the age of 19.
- NSPCC ~ If you are worried about a child, NSPCC offer a support service for adults, you can call them on 0808 800 5000.
- Barnardo’s ~ Barnardo’s runs 960 services for children and families across the UK.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre ~ The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice.