September 2017

Headteacher’s horror after lab technician caught in child abuse sting

A headteacher has spoken of her ‘horror’ at the behaviour of a former school lab technician who tried to commit sex abuse against children.

However, she has reassured parents no pupils at her school were targeted by Andrew Rimington.

The 66-year-old of Showell Close, Droitwich, had admitted inciting a girl aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity after he was caught in a police sting by undercover officers.

Rimington, a former lab technician at the school, committed the offence between December 2 and December 12 last year and was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a 35 day rehabilitation activity requirement when he appeared at Hereford Crown Court.

Rimington’s conviction arose out of Operation Safenet which attempts to to bring suspected paedophiles operating online to justice.

David Jackson, 48, of Blackfriars Avenue, Droitwich, was another recent case.

The most serious of Jackson’s offences was attempting to incite a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity between May 8 and May 12 this year. He further admitted four counts of attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a sexual offence.

Jackson also admitted three counts of making indecent images of children between September 1 last year and June 9 this year and one of distributing an indecent image of a child in December 19 last year. He sent the category B image to an undercover police officer.