Former Hatfield teacher jailed for sex grooming

PUBLISHED: 17:02 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

A FORMER teacher who groomed a 'schoolgirl' for sex has been jailed for two years. Hatfield dad-of-one, Peter Watts, spent three months building up a relationship with the 14-year-old girl in an internet chatroom. But 'Katie' was really an undercover poli

A FORMER teacher who groomed a 'schoolgirl' for sex has been jailed for two years.

Hatfield dad-of-one, Peter Watts, spent three months building up a relationship with the 14-year-old girl in an internet chatroom.

But 'Katie' was really an undercover police officer in his 30s.

Watts, a former computer science teacher at the University of Hertfordshire, was caught when he arranged to meet the 'girl' in London.

The 51-year-old, of Haseldine Meadows, was found guilty by a jury in July, and sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday.

He was jailed for 18 months, with a further six months having previously admitted six counts of making indecent images of children.

More than 5,000 images of children being sexually abused were found on his computer.

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