November 2017

Trainee primary school teacher tried to have sex with 14-year-old boy

A trainee primary school teacher, who tried to have sex with a 14-year-old boy he met on Grindr, has been spared jail because a judge ruled he ‘succumbed to temptation’. 

Daniel Dulake, 23, from of London Road, Epsom, Surrey, tried to coax the youngster into having sex with him during a conversation on the dating app last year.

Police originally arrested Dulake and seized his phone in February after a fellow Grindr user showed him ‘vile’ child abuse images online.

Dulake served as a prosecution witness against the other man but was later charged with attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity after officers examined his smartphone.

The St Mary’s University graduate denied the charge, claiming he was collecting material about sexual predators for the police.

But Dulake was convicted last month after an Old Bailey jury rejected his ‘unconvincing’ defence.

Today, Judge Nicholas Cooke, QC, said he was giving Dulake ‘a chance to salvage things from the wreckage’ as he gave him an eight-month sentence suspended for two years.

‘I’m satisfied that the defendant was interested in anal sex and that’s what he had in mind if he had met up with (the boy),’ he added.

‘He told the pre-sentence report preparer that the jury, I paraphrase, had failed to understand the case and he was collecting material.

‘His interest was surely in anal sex with relatively young partners and he was tempted – mercifully nothing happened.’

Judge Cooke said he was aware of ‘the problems of people’s sexuality’ and ‘the problems with the internet’.

‘The morals of websites like Grindr are nothing to do with me and I don’t sentence you for anything to do with that,’ he explained.

‘The use of such sites does carry risk because you don’t know who is at the other end of the conversation.’

The judge bemoaned the ‘horrible horrible world’ of the internet and said Dulake’s offending ‘has smashed his life up and hurt his parents to a very great degree’.

‘He’s lucky he isn’t going straight to prison because the reality is if he had done it he would be going to prison for many years,’ said judge Cooke.

‘I have some sympathy with you because what happened is that you succumbed to temptation.’

Judge Cooke imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which bars Dulake from having unsupervised contact with boys under 16 for 10 years.

Dulake must also carry out rehabiliation activities for 30 days.

He was a trainee primary school teacher from August last year until January, according to his Facebook profile.