Teacher jailed af­ter send­ing naked pho­tos to school­girls

Solihull News - - NEWS - JAMES CARTLEDGE james. cartledge@ trinitymirror. com

A SHAMED teacher with a “sex­ual in­ter­est in school­girls” has been jailed af­ter he was found guilty of send­ing naked pic­tures of him­self to pupils.

Christo­pher Wood was locked up for 15 months and placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for ten years.

The 33- year- old, who searched on­line us­ing the words “sex with teacher”, had ear­lier been con­victed of in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity while in a po­si­tion of trust.

He was also found guilty of caus­ing a child to watch a sex­ual act but cleared of a sim­i­lar charge re­lat­ing to a sec­ond young­ster.

Pass­ing sen­tence at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court, Judge Mark Wall told Wood that his life was in ru­ins.

“You have lost your good char­ac­ter, lost your job, your wife and the re­spect of peo­ple who knew you,” the judge said.

“You had a sex­ual in­ter­est in school­girls dat­ing back to at least 2009 as you searched the in­ter­net for ‘ sex with teacher’.

“You groomed a vul­ner­a­ble school­girl.

“Only a prison sen­tence can war­rant what you have done,” the judge added.

Wood’s trial heard that all the charges re­lated to his time as a teacher in Soli­hull at a school which can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons.

He sent a girl pupil a naked pic­ture of him­self, just his groin cov­ered by a smi­ley face emoji.

He also showed pupils porno­graphic pic­tures of him­self with other women, in­clud­ing his wife.

Wood, pre­vi­ously from Dor­ridge, but now of Tre­garon in Ceredi­gion, Wales, worked at the school from Septem­ber 2015, the court heard.

The court heard he be­came close to a female pupil and be­gan to com­mu­ni­cate with her on Snapchat, with Wood us­ing the tag: ‘ I don’t give a f...’.

In De­cem­ber 2015, he sent the girl sev­eral pic­tures of him semi- naked and then fully ex­posed apart from an emoji sticker cov­er­ing his gen­i­tals.

She sent an im­age of her­self top­less. Po­lice later dis­cov­ered images of school­girls pos­ing with garters and rib­bons on their thighs af­ter check­ing his com­puter.

His defence team said Wood was sui­ci­dal when the mat­ters came to light and was see­ing men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als.

His wife had since left him and his ca­reer as a teacher was over, the court heard.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “As a teacher, Wood held a priv­i­leged po­si­tion of trust and re­spect – but he ex­ploited this for his own sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

“It is vi­tal any­one con­cerned about a young per­son speaks out. They can con­tact the NSPCC helpline in con­fi­dence on 0808 800 5000 or help@ nspcc. org. uk while young peo­ple can con­tact Childline on 0800 1111.”

You have lost your good char­ac­ter, lost your job, your wife and the re­spect of peo­ple who knew you. JUDGE MARK WALL

Shamed teacher Christo­pher Wood

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