A TEACHER who posed as a teenage boy on internet chatrooms to seduce young girls has been locked up.
Paedophile David Newell, 42, created an online identity claiming to be an 18-year-old lad as he groomed two girls aged nine and 13.
He engaged in sexual conversations with them and encouraged them to send him indecent images of themselves.
Pervert Newell, a teacher at Thorne Green Top Primary School, was also found to have extreme pornography and indecent images in his possession following a police investigation.
Newell’s ‘other identity’ came to the attention of South Yorkshire Police in March 2010 following an investigation by another force into allegations of sexual offences by a man who had shared indecent images of children via the internet with the Doncaster teacher.
Officers seized Newell’s computers on April 1, 2010, following the offences which took place between June and August three years earlier - a police spokesman confirmed to the Free Press.
Newell, of Kirton Lane, Thorne, pleaded guilty to 21 charges of sexual offences which included 15 charges of possessing indecent images, five charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one charge of possessing extreme pornography.
He was jailed for four years by a judge. Newell was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.
After the case Det Con Nichole Evans, who led the investigation, said people - particularly youngsters - needed to be aware of the dangers of online strangers.
She said: “I am pleased with the sentence Newell has received. He adopted a pseudo identity to engage with young girls online and thankfully this has now been stopped.
“The two young girls will hopefully be able to put this behind them and will be much more aware of the dangers online.”
Chris Pratt, Doncaster Council’s director of the children and young people’s service, spoke on behalf of Thorne Green Top Primary in Southfield Road.
He said: “As soon as these allegations came to light Newell was suspended with immediate effect on grounds of professional misconduct pending an investigation.
“His contract of employment at the school has since been terminated and we have worked closely with the school and police throughout the process.”
In November Peter Avery, then 56, a teacher at Edlington’s Sir Thomas Wharton College was jailed for two years after he admitted posing as a teenager to groom a 13-year-old girl online.
Avery, of Muirfield Avenue, Bessacarr, chatted with his victim through MSN and persuaded her to expose herself.
Parents can get more information of online safety through the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre by visiting www.ceop.police.uk