Jonathan Clayton, 27, from Stockton, was found guilty of 13 sexual assaults on six girls, aged seven to 11, at a North Yorkshire primary school.
He claimed within his defence that he had only hugged them and helped them get dressed despite them being able to dress themselves.
He’d even allow them to sit on his knee.
Now he is subjected to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order that blocks him from having contact with any girls under the age of 18 or living or staying under the same roof as an under 18.
Teesside Crown Court placed him on the sex offenders register for life.
In his defence, he argued that there was nothing sexual about his actions which took place over six weeks in 2019.
He had faced similar allegations in 2017 but police had dropped these charges.
Legally the school he worked within cannot be named but the headteacher has said they had no idea about any past allegations.
Confirming they used a supply teacher firm called Vision for Education has “withheld” the first allegation and the school he had worked at in 2017 had also recommended him.
A spokeswoman said “all of the statutory checks relating to the candidate were clear” and added Clayton was suspended when the most recent allegations came to light.
Richard Crane, Durham County Council’s head of education and skills, said that after the first claim of abuse was made “appropriate steps were taken by the school and relevant agencies were informed”.
Det Con Gillian Gowling, from North Yorkshire Police, said Clayton had “abused the trust of young girls in his care and took advantage of his position as their primary school teacher”.
The NSPCC added the pupils’ “bravery has helped to expose Clayton as a predator”.
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