Former Potters Bar primary school teacher jailed for six years over indecent images of children
PUBLISHED: 17:47 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:47 22 March 2017
A 27-year-old former teacher who worked at a primary school in Potters Bar has been jailed for six years in relation to inciting children to send indecent images of themselves to him via social media.
Nicholas Taylor, of Barnet, was sentenced at a St Albans court today (Wednesday March 22) after earlier pleading guilty to a series of internet-related offences.
The sentence follows a long investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Joint Child Protection & Investigation Team into the offences committed by Taylor.
Between October 2014 and October 2015, while working as a teacher, he incited girls to engage in sexual activity and was involved in the making and distribution of indecent photographs of children.
Under the alias “Jackson_Law2002”, he had made contact with a number of children through a chat group on Instagram. After befriending them initially, he then bullied and manipulated them into sending him indecent images of themselves.
The children were aged between 10 and 15 at the time of the offences and attended the same school or were involved in a Girl Guiding group in London.
Officers identified all of the children involved and contacted each victim and their family directly to investigate Taylor and provide specialist support.
The investigation revealed no evidence of offences relating to direct physical contact with children.
Detective Inspector Chris Treadwell said: “This was a long and complex investigation which involved the examination of more than 30 different phones, computers and other devices owned by Nicholas Taylor.
“Taylor went online to contact children for his own sexual gratification. Using a false identity he bullied and manipulated them into sending him images with despicable threats and intimidation. He also deceived his colleagues and fellow volunteers.
“I would like to thank the victims and their families for their support during this investigation.
“Clearly it has been a harrowing experience for them, but I hope this sentence brings some sort of closure on this difficult chapter in their lives.”
Taylor admitted six counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child, and one count of distributing indecent photographs of a child. He was given a six year custodial sentence by a judge sitting at St Albans Magistrates’ Court today.
Advice for children and young people about going online safely is available on Hertfordshire Constabulary’s website here
Guidance for parents is also available here http://www.herts.police.uk/advice/young_people/chatright_-_internet_safety/guidance_for_adults.aspx
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