Shame of teacher’s selfie pics

He sent the semi-naked snaps to a teenage pupil and asked her to send one back:

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A HIGH school teacher who sent pic­tures of him­self in just a bath towel to a 15-year-old girl told her: “Your mother will kill me,” a court heard.

Christo­pher Jenk­ins, 33, sent the pho­tos to the teenage pupil and asked if she would “cheat” on her boyfriend. The girl was “ex­cited” by the at­ten­tion from the teacher – and agreed to send self­ies wear­ing just a bra and knick­ers, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

The court heard Jenk­ins told the girl: “This shouldn’t be hap­pen­ing – your mother will kill me.”

Jenk­ins be­gan ex­chang- ing late-night mes­sages with the girl. But the con­ver­sa­tions be­came sex­ual af­ter he be­gan ask­ing about her pri­vate life.

Pros­e­cu­tor Peter Don­ni­son said: “Jenk­ins asked her if she would cheat on her boyfriend and told her she was beau­ti­ful. There was dis­cus­sion about meet­ing up out­side school.”

The pair then be­gan to con­tact each other us­ing pic­ture mes­sag­ing app Snapchat which Jenk­ins used to send pho­tos of him­self.

Mr Don­ni­son said: “It was over that site he sent pic­tures of his torso with a towel over his waist. Then he sent a mes­sage say­ing: ‘Now send me one’.”

Cardiff Crown Court heard the girl later told po­lice she sent self­ies of her­self wear­ing just her bra and knick­ers as well as close-ups of her chest while wear­ing a black bra.

His col­leagues at the school re­ported him to po­lice af­ter the girl shared some of his pho­tos with friends.

The girl – who can­not be named – said in a writ­ten state­ment she found the at­ten­tion “ex­cit­ing” at first. But she then grew anx­ious pupils would find out about the re­la­tion­ship.

Christo­pher Rees, de­fend­ing, said there was no phys­i­cal con­tact be­tween teacher and pupil but ac­cepted Jenk­ins’ ca­reer was “fin­ished.”

Mr Rees said: “It was a cat­a­strophic mis­take by him. His ca­reer is fin­ished and his rep­u­ta­tion has been de­stroyed in his com­mu­nity.”

He said Jenk­ins was sus­pended when the al­le­ga­tion were made un­til he pleaded guilty last month to caus­ing a child to en­gage in a sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

Judge Eleri Rees told Jenk­ins: “This was a gross breach of trust. You ex­changed pic­tures of her in her un­der­wear and of your naked torso.

“Thank­fully this went no fur­ther. But she has set out the real da­m­age done to her.”

Jenk­ins, from Brid­gend, was sen­tenced to 23 weeks in jail, sus­pended for two years.

He must sign the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for seven years, and was given a sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der ban­ning un­su­per­vised con­tact with girls younger than 16.

Christo­pher Jenk­ins

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