April 2017

Nursery worker admits 31 child sex offences

A nursery teacher has admitted sexually abusing 18 children – including several youngsters at the school where he worked.

Jamie Chapman of Tamar Drive, Smiths Wood has been warned he faces jail after he pleaded guilty to 31 charges, including rape, at Birmingham Crown Court.

The 28-year-old’s victims were teenagers when they were assaulted and were pupils from two schools, including one where she worked as a teaching assistant.

Not guilty pleas to a further 13 counts were accepted by the prosecution

Police had previously said there was no evidence to suggest any inappropriate contact between the worker and children at the nursery where he had been employed.

Chapman admitted one charge of rape, 21 charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four of distributing indecent images of children and five of making indecent images of children

Matthew Brook, prosecuting, said: “He has pleaded guilty to 31 counts in total. These cover 18 victims and they occurred over a time period of between 2011 and 2016.”

He said a number of the victims were pupils at schools where Chapman had been employed.

Judge Melbourne Inman QC adjourned sentence until May 22 and Chapman was remanded in custody.

He said: “I will adjourn sentience for a report to address the issue of dangerousness. That is not an indication of the sentence.

“Obviously a custodial sentence in inevitable for this type of offending.”

A number of items of computer equipment were seized following search of Chapman’s home when he was arrested on November 9 last year