May 2017

Teacher jailed for touching child in Sandwell classroom

A teacher who touched a young boy inappropriately in a classroom has been jailed for four years.

Thomas Lawrence was working at a primary school in Sandwell when he abused the child.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard he took the boy to an area of the room where he could not be seen by other pupils or an assistant teacher.

The 28-year-old then touched him inappropriately both ‘under and over his clothing’.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Challinor said: “As a teacher you were trusted to keep this boy safe. In a gross breach of that trust you sexually assaulted him.

“It is aggravated by the fact you touched him in the presence of other children. You must never again be allowed to work with children as a teacher, or in any other capacity.”

Lawrence lived in Lutley Close, Bradmore, Wolverhampton at the time of the offence.

He denied two counts of assaulting a child by touching but was convicted by a jury after a four-day trial in April.

The trial heard Lawrence qualified as a teacher in 2015. His victim reported the incident to his mother, who contacted the school.

Lawrence was arrested and suspended from his teaching position.

Following a check on items seized from his home, a number of images of children were found on a laptop alongside internet searches for child pornography.

There were no images of the child Lawrence touched, or of any pupils at the school he taught at.

At Tuesday’s sentence hearing, Judge Challinor said: “The impact on the boy’s family has been very considerable.

“How can they possibly trust another male teacher bearing in mind what you have done?

“The indecent images found on your computer demonstrate you have an unhealthy interest in small boys in a classroom environment.”

Lawrence, most recently of Hornbeam Close, Selly Oak, Birmingham, was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

 

April 2017

Teacher convicted of sexually assaulting pupil

A teacher from Wolverhampton has been convicted for touching a child inappropriately in a classroom.

Thomas Lawrence, aged 27 from Wolverhampton, was charged with two counts of assaulting a child by touching.

Lawrence was convicted following a four day trial and will be sentenced on Tuesday 9 May.

The court heard that Lawrence, who qualified as a teacher in 2015, abused his position of trust when he touched a child inappropriately in a classroom at the Sandwell school he was teaching at.

At the time, the four-year-old child reported the incident to his mother, who immediately contacted the school.

Lawrence was arrested in February 2016 and suspended from the school while police conducted enquiries.

Following a check on items seized from his home, a number of images of children were found on a laptop alongside a number of searches for child sexual abuse images

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