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Bromley driving instructor who created dedicated TikTok for students avoids jail for harassment

A driving instructor who became obsessed with his teenage student and created a TikTok account dedicated to her has been given a suspended sentence after launching a sustained campaign of harassment.

Graham Mansie, 52, also lost hundreds of pounds trying to pay dark web scammers to hack a 17-year-old’s social media accounts and see what she was doing after she stopped taking course with him in Bromley.

Mansie’s behavior became increasingly inappropriate between July and October last year as he taught the victim to drive.

The 52-year-old invited the teenager for a drink, told her she was her “favorite”, tried to shower her with gifts and showed up in the halls of her university in York.

He also found her and her housemates on WhatsApp pretending to be a male freshman after she turned 18.

His dad called him after he introduced himself saying “you’re a perv” and Mansie replied, “I love your daughter, she’s 18.”

Mansie pleaded guilty to one count of harassment at an earlier hearing last month and was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for a year and banned from contacting the victim for the rest of his life today.

Graham Mansie (pictured in court), 52, at one point tried to use the dark web to trick hackers into accessing the 17-year-old on social media after he became fixated on her when she started taking lessons with him last year.

On one occasion, the instructor attempted to give another student a gift bag to pass on to her containing £65 in restaurant vouchers, a key fob with eight personalized charms and a card where he described her as ‘nice’ and “incredible”.

Disturbed by the unwanted attention, the teenager told her mum, who directly confronted Mansie and told him he could no longer tutor her daughter.

Mansie replied, “Is it because I love her?”

When the victim blocked Mansie on all social media and cut off all contact, he attempted to use the dark web to recruit hackers to gain access to his accounts, the Crown Prosecution Servce (CPS) said.

He created a TikTok account dedicated to her with a love heart emoji as well as a fake Instagram page through which he attempted to catfish her and her friends, according to prosecutor Denise Clewes.

When the victim left London to start university in September, he posed as a classmate on WhatsApp to gain access to a group for his residences.

He even attempted to follow her in person to her accommodation and on another occasion was also spotted near her home in the capital before quickly fleeing.

Ms Clewes said: ‘On October 31, 2021 he traveled to York by train. He left his residence but did not enter.

“His dad called him saying ‘you’re a perv’. He replied ‘I love your daughter, she’s 18.’

The 52-year-old appeared in the dock at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to be sentenced, having previously pleaded guilty to one count of criminal harassment.

The court heard he had since breached his bail conditions by contacting the victim twice on social media.

In April, he sent her a WhatsApp message saying, “You killed me” along with a link to a news article about the case.

Mansie's behavior became increasingly inappropriate between July and October last year as he taught the victim to drive in Bromley.  Pictured: Bromley Magistrates' Court

Mansie’s behavior became increasingly inappropriate between July and October last year as he taught the victim to drive in Bromley. Pictured: Bromley Magistrates’ Court

The student read a victim impact statement in court behind a screen in which she explained how Mansie’s behavior left her unable to eat or sleep.

“I’m scared and I think about it every day. What worries me the most is the uncertainty of not knowing what he’s going to do since he came to York to try to find me .

“I stopped wearing my coat and cut my hair as he complimented me on both. Often I can’t sleep and I feel very vulnerable because I left my family. I’m afraid he’s coming to break into my house.

The teenager added that Mansie’s last contact, in which he appeared to blame her for the situation, left her “distressed”, “distressed” and “wondering what he would do next”.

“I fear he will return to my university accommodation and am very concerned for my safety,” she added. “People in my university accommodation have been affected by this. They are absolutely petrified and worried that he is showing up.

“I missed two weeks of teaching and it had a negative impact on my studies and on my mental health.

“I have lost my appetite and the doctors are worried about my weight and my diet.”

Piers Kiss-Wilson, defending, said the matter could be traced to “misinterpretation” and that the 52-year-old was “deeply ashamed” of his actions.

District Judge Vanessa Lloyd sentenced Mansie to an eight-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, citing the “ongoing nature” of the offense as an aggravating factor.

Judge Lloyd admitted he had no intention of alarming the victim, but added: ‘But your behavior has caused great distress to (her), her parents and schoolmates …and to their parents.’

Mansie shook his head when the judge told him he seemed “to have a hard time that (the victim) didn’t return your affection”.

“You were told early on that your behavior was unwanted and inappropriate, but you persisted…even after pleading guilty and breaching your bail conditions,” Judge Lloyd said.

After being found guilty last month, Tracy Mesmain, District Crown Prosecutor with CPS London South Magistrates’ Unit, said after sentencing: ‘Harassment can be deeply distressing and can have an impact on long term on the victims.

Mansie was also subject to an indefinite restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the victim online or in person and from going anywhere he knows she might be.

Mansie was also subject to an indefinite restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the victim online or in person and from going anywhere he knows she might be.

“Graham Mansie fell in love with his student. As a trusted driving instructor, he was simply tasked with helping a teenage girl pass her exam, but his driving became inappropriate and disturbing.

“The victim also described her actions as making her feel vulnerable. The prosecution case included telephone evidence that showed Mansie repeatedly accessed the victim’s social media pages.

“When arrested and questioned, he also confessed to police that he used the dark web to try to contact people to hack into the victim’s social media accounts, to see what she was up to. after being blocked.

“He told officers he had lost hundreds of pounds getting scammed trying to do this and was in love with the victim.”

Mansie was also subject to an indefinite restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the victim online or in person and from going anywhere he knows she is.

He was also ordered to pay £300 in costs, a victim fine surcharge of £128 and to wear an electronically monitored tag for 12 months and report to the Stalking Threat Assessment Center for help.

‘You don’t need to have any contact with her. (She) just started her adult life, and that doesn’t include you,” the judge told her.