Former Blackpool teacher imprisoned for 12 months for inciting child sexual activity

A former Blackpool junior school teacher was today imprisoned for inciting a girl into sexual activity and possessing an indecent photograph of another girl.

Kevin Christie, 40, formerly of Thornton-Cleveleys but now living in Lincolnshire, was imprisoned for twelve months at Preston Crown Court having previously pleaded guilty to one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of possession of an indecent image of a child. For these offences, Christie was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for a period of ten years, and was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order until further order. Neither of Christie’s offences relate to any child at Baines Endowed Primary School, where Christie taught, and there is no suggestion Christie abused or acted inappropriately toward any child at the school.

The first offence took place on Wednesday 18 January of last year when Christie incited a 13-year-old girl via Blackberry Messenger to engage in sexual activity. The second offence was then discovered when Christie was arrested on suspicion of the first offence on Sunday 3 March of this year and officers found an indecent image of a 14-year-old girl following analysis of Christie’s mobile phone.

DS Kevin Wright of Lancaster CID said; “Christie’s actions were reprehensible, using technology to prey on two young girls in separate parts of the country for his own gratification.

“This behaviour will no doubt horrify members of the public, particularly those who are parents of teenage girls, and it is right Christie has been jailed for his actions.

“The message is clear; the exploitation of children is disgraceful, and you will face the full force of the law for taking advantage of children in this way.”

Anyone with information or concerns about child sexual exploitation can contact Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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