A former Blackpool primary school teacher who preyed on two young girls was today branded “reprehensible” after he was put behind bars for his “horrifying” crimes.
Police said Kevin Christie, who worked at Baines Endowed Primary School in Marton, had been “rightly jailed” after he admitted inciting a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity and possessing an indecent picture of a 14-year-old.
A court heard Christie spoke to one girl via an online messaging service and encouraged her to talk about her sexual preferences.
The 14-year-old girl also sent him an indecent image of herself, believing Christie to be a 25-year-old called Jamie Johnson.
Det Sgt Kevin Wright, of Lancaster CID, said: “Christie’s actions were reprehensible, using technology to prey on two young girls for his own gratification.
“Neither of the offences relate to any child or children at the school he worked at but it’s all the more shocking when it’s someone in a position of trust working with children.
“This behaviour will no doubt horrify members of the public, particularly those who are parents of teenage girls, and it’s right Christie has been jailed for his actions.”
Jailing Christie for 12 months at yesterday’s Preston Crown Court hearing, Judge Pamela Badley, said: “There is a deep revulsion for those who seek out remote sexual activity with young girls. This was something which was clearly a sexual thrill as far as you were concerned.
“The fact is you were someone who was employed for the welfare of children. You had considerable trust placed in you by members of the community.”