Richard Boddy – St Helens
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Teacher made sex films of pupils
A primary school teacher who shot ” semi- pornographic” video footage of his pupils during class was last night starting a three- year jail sentence.
Richard Boddy used a camcorder to film pupils while they carried out work at their desks.
In one incident, the teacher zoomed in on a 10-year-old girl’s bare chest after her blouse fell open while she leaned over her work.
Boddy, 28, admitted 21 counts of indecent assault and child pornography offences at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.
His flat in Dentons Green Lane, St Helens, was filled with swimming costumes which he had taken from pupils’ bags and girls’ underwear, some of which he had obtained from the school’s lost property box.
Paul Becker, prosecuting, said the teacher’s offences, which included making indecent pseudo-images of children, came to light when a computer engineer visited his home to instal new software and raised the alarm.
Police officers discovered more than 5,000 pornographic images of children on the computer, the camcorder footage and clothing.
Detectives interviewed children at the Haydock school and found Boddy had repeatedly groped one 10-year-old girl after pretending to tickle her.
He also committed gross indecency on a nine-year-old girl after dancing with her.
Boddy, who has no previous convictions, was charged with 15 counts of making indecent images, one of making an indecent video, four indecent assaults against the same 10-year-old girl and one of gross indecency, all of which he admitted.
Mr Becker told the court that, during the search of Boddy’s home, officers discovered the teacher had arranged cards in his block of flats advertising his services as a babysitter.
Sentencing Boddy to three years in jail, with an extended licence period of five years, Judge Denis Clark said he believed Boddy was a danger to children. He accused Boddy of deliberately becoming a teacher to satisfy his perversions.
He said: “You were teaching children while at the same time compiling a semi-pornographic video of a young child.
“You insinuated yourself into teaching, I have no doubt, to gratify your sinister lust. I feel in your sentence I must reflect society’s revulsion at your conduct.
You have a warped fascination for young girls and, as paedophiles are skilful at infiltrating areas where there are children, it is in no way the school’s fault for not detecting these offences.
“I find it particularly chilling that a man like you should be advertising as a babysitter.”
Boddy, who bowed his head as the sentence was handed out, was disqualified from working with children indefinitely and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life