September 2018

Assistant head teacher jailed for ‘disgusting’ chat room sex talk with young girls

A pervert assistant head teacher from Halesowen who was caught with indecent images of children after luring young girls into “filthy” chat room conversations about sex has been jailed.

Andrew Shelton, 52, attempted to seduce girls aged between 10 and 15 and encouraged them to send him explicit pictures via Skype.

A court heard the online sex chats gave the married dad a “buzz” and he even made contact with the youngsters while working at Harborne Primary School, in Birmingham.

Shelton targeted the girls for his sexual gratification telling one 12-year-old she was “hot and sexy as hell” and he wanted to “hold, stroke and teach her to enjoy her body”.

Police were alerted to his contact with one teenager over Skype during March and April last year and raided his Woodman Close home in Halesowen.

Officers found 93 indecent pictures of young girls on his laptop, which were believed to have been sent as a result of “disgusting” internet conversations dating back to 2014.

Shelton admitted eight charges, including attempted sexual communication with a child, trying to incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity and possessing indecent images of children.

He was jailed for two years and eight months at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday (September 18).

Sentencing, Judge Jinder Singh Boora said: “These were systematic offences committed over a period of years.

“Some of the language used was disgusting and filthy when you thought you were conversing with children.

“You are a man who should have known better.”

The court heard Shelton made contact with the girls -none of whom were pupils at the school where he taught – through several chat rooms.

Prosecutor Hugh O’Brien Quinn said: “He deliberately targeted young girls for his own gratification inciting them to sexual activity.”

On September 28, 2015 he asked a girl who gave her age as 13 if she wanted a weekend in Birmingham.

Mr O’Brien Quinn added: “He spoke to her about sex with older men.

“He knew it was wrong and illegal and saw himself as a paedophile.”

Shelton was rumbled when he contacted a girl called Chelsea who said she was 13 and told her she was a “real stunner” on March 17 last year.

But Chelsea was really an undercover police officer and Shelton was arrested on July 17 last year following the search of his home.