February 2018

Leeds primary school teacher caught in online sting by paedophile group

A Leeds primary school teacher was caught by an online child protection team after making arrangements to have sex with what he thought was a 15-year-old boy.

A court heard Shane Shaw was arrested over the online sting after making contact with a ‘teenager’ on the Grindr dating app.

Shaw received a suspended prison sentence today after pleading guilty to causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

Shaw, 29, a teacher at Southroyd Primary School, in Pudsey, Leeds, was in fact sending messages to a member of pedophile hunter group N-Force.

Leeds Crown Court heard Shaw quit his role as a teacher as a result of the offending. 

After the case, Southroyd Primary School headteacher said the incident had “shocked our whole school community.”

Andrew Semple, prosecuting, said Shaw made contact with a fake profile on Gridr which had been set up by a member of N-Force on Christmas Eve.

Shaw was at his mother’s home in Bradford at the time and sent two pictures of himself.

Shaw continued to make contact despite being told that the owner of the profile was only 15. Mr Semple said Shaw offered to pay for a taxi so the ‘teenager’ could come to meet him. He sent a message which read: “We can spoon, kiss and get naked and see what happens.”

Shaw also sent messages saying that he was a school teacher. Shaw made further contact with the profile on Christmas Day, this time sending details of his home address on Rosemont Avenue, Bramley, Leeds.

The prosecutor said Shaw blocked all contact with the profile later that day. Members of N-Force went to the property on New Year’s Day and made a citizen’s arrest.

The court heard police later seized computer equipment from Shaw’s home and it did not contain any indecent images of children

Shaw was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and attend a sex offender programme. He must also go on the sex offender register for ten years.