May 2017

Former teaching assistant jailed for string of child sex offences

A former teaching assistant has been jailed for a string of child sex offences.

Stuart Baker, 40, pleaded guilty to 15 charges including possession of indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

Today, Northampton Crown Court heard how Baker, of Rock Street in Wellingborough, was caught after the mother of one of the victims came across his Facebook account.

Baker had created an account on the social media site purporting to be a 14-year-old girl named Danielle Barnes.

He sent 250 friend requests to young boys and used his fake identity to request sexual pictures of them over an 18-month period.

Prosecuting, Caroline Bray said: “He would send nude pictures of a young teenage girl and ask for pictures in return.

“Five boys sent pictures thinking they were sexting a girl.”

The mother of the first victim, aged 13, saw the conversations and alerted police.

When Baker was arrested, police searched devices at his home address.

They found three category A images, four category B images and 79 category C images of children.

He had also distributed five category C images and was in possession of one extreme pornographic image.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith, sentencing, said: “It was a reckless and cruel thing to do.”

Judge Smith sentenced Baker to a total of three years in prison. He will serve half of his sentence in custody and the remainder on licence.

He was also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.