November 2017

Disgraced teacher jailed for child sex offences

A former teacher has been jailed after admitting inciting under age girls to perform sex acts on an internet chat room.

Kingsley Chesworth, 36, wept in the dock at Burnley Crown Court when he was jailed by Judge Jonathan Gibson for three years.

Chesworth, who previously taught at Fulwood Academy and Lostock Hall High School, had earlier pleaded guilty to 11 charges at Preston Crown Court in September.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, told the court at the sentencing hearing that Chesworth had initially been caught by an undercover police officer posing as a 12-year-old girl on an internet chat room.

During the exchange, he said he liked to take risks including sky diving and posing nude for live drawings.

He then entered into a graphic conversation with the “girl” and performed a sex act on himself.

The following day he was arrested but his mental health quickly deteriorated and he was hospitalised in a psychiatric unit for a month.

His computer was analysed by police and it was found he had been engaging in similarly graphic conversations with a number of other, real, underage girls.

He had recorded videos of one of the girls intimately touching herself.

Jailing Chesworth, of Kensington Avenue, Penwortham, Judge Gibson said that an aggravating factor was that the defendant had created his own indecent videos of children.

He said: “These offences arise out of your use of the internet to target young girls for your sexual gratification.” However, Judge Gibson said there was clear evidence that Chesworth was remorseful.

Chesworth was previously banned from the classroom for two years after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct when he carried out a sex act in view of a teenager in a seperate case.

September 2017

Former Lancashire teacher admits string of child sex offences

A former teacher who was banned from the classroom for inappropriate sexual behaviour has pleaded guilty to a string of new sexual offences involving children.

Kingsley Chesworth, 36, of Bannister Hall Lane, Higher Walton, admitted 11 offences at Preston Crown Court yesterday, including:

  • Two of attempting to incite an underage girl into sexual activity

  • Three of causing an underage girl to engage in sexual activity

  • Three counts of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in front of a child

  • Three counts of possessing indecent video clips.

The details of the case were not formally opened, but a CPS spokesman said: “The charges relate to offences committed online and via social media.”

Judge Jonathan Gibson ordered that Chesworth, who previously taught at Fulwood Academy and Lostock Hall High School, be sentenced at Burnley Crown Court on October 19.

The former teacher was formerly banned from the classroom for two years after being found guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’ when he carried out a sex act in view of a teenager.

In the latest case, he admitted inciting a 13-year-old girl to perform sex acts on herself and expose herself in June last year.

On July 2 he encouraged a 13-year-old girl to expose herself and on July 20 he engaged in sexual activity when he knew he could be observed by a 14-year-old.

On August 29 last year Chesworth encouraged a 15-year-old to expose herself and on October 18, he attempted to incite a 12-year-old girl into sexual activity.

On the same day he admits attempting to engage in sexual activity in his home where he could be observed by the 12-year-old child.

Two days later, on October 20, he attempted to intentionally incite a 12-year-old to engage in sexual activity by exposing herself and performing a sex act, and again attempting to engage in an act witnessed by a child.

He also admits to possessing indecent video clips of children.

His defence lawyer told the court Chesworth suffered from bipolar disorder and he was granted conditional bail until his next appearance.

In 2011 he was banned from teaching for at least two years by the General Teaching Council after being found guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’.

The committee at the time heard the former teacher had stood in the front room of his home on November 17, 2009, and carried out a sex act in view of a teenager and a woman who reported the incident.

He worked at Fulwood Academy at the time.

It also heard he had contacted three students at his previous school, Lostock Hall High School, and asked whether they wore a bra and if they were sexually active.

Lancashire Police at the time confirmed officers investigated the incident regarding Chesworth asking inappropriate questions in 2008 but no further action was taken.

He was charged with the second offence, but the case was dismissed by Preston magistrates in July 2010.

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