April 2016

Teacher sent filthy Snapchat messages to two 14-year-old schoolgirls and tried to meet them for sex

A teacher has been jailed after he sent filthy Snapchat messages to two 14-year-old schoolgirls and tried to meet them for sex.

Daniel Kitchen, 25, sent a picture of his face to the pupils on the last day of term with the caption “make me hard and I’ll do you”.

He sent a second snap of his privates inside his boxer shorts saying “You can play with this on Tuesday”.

Kitchen was also found with an illegal Hentai image – perverse Japanese animated porn.

Kitchen, who had a relationship with a steady girlfriend, sent the messages on his last day as a teacher at a secondary school in Paignton, Devon.

The contact with the girls stopped when one texted back and told him it was “weird” and told teachers and support staff at the start of the next term.

Kitchen, of Plymouth, admitted four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one of possessing a prohibited image and was jailed for nine months by Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him: “The evidence shows there may have been a plan to meet both girls in the holidays. It did not take place, so there was never any actual sexual activity in this case.

“You were in a position of trust. You were a teacher at the school where
they were pupils and that aggravates the situation.”

Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said Kitchen developed a relationship with the two girls while teaching at the school, where he favoured them in class.

He said: “There was nothing untoward until the end of term when he was in a classroom with them on the last day.

“There were photographs taken, and although none were of a sexual nature he suggested the girls kissed each other, which did not happen.

“There was an exchange of Snapchat addresses. Messages normally vanish after 20 to 30 seconds, but can be saved. He sent photographs to both girls.

“The first was of his face annotated with the message “make me hard and I’ll do you”. We say this was him saying he wanted to have sex with them.

“The second was of his semi erect or erect penis inside his boxer shorts with the text “you can play with this on Tuesday”.

“The relevance is that he had wanted to meet one or both on a Tuesday later in
July.

“No meeting took place because one of the girls sent a message asking if he did not feel a bit weird having contact with girls of their age when he was
much older.” Mr Evans said the images found by police were indecent Hentai animations, which contained cartoon characters who looked like children.

He said Kitchen initially denied the allegations but then told police he was ashamed of himself.