February 2019

Teaching assistant sentenced for child sex offences 

A teaching assistant from Chester who engaged in sexual activity with a former pupil has been jailed for a string of child sex offences.

Carl Jones, of Cherry Grove Road, pleaded guilty to all seven offences he was charged with.

The offences included causing a boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and downloading indecent images of children.

Jones was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Friday 8 February. The 38-year-old was labelled ‘a disgusting man who perpetuates child sex abuse’ by judge Steven Everett and jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The case against Jones began on Monday 8 October when Instagram messages of a sexual nature that he had sent to a teenage boy were discovered by the victim’s parents.

Jones was subsequently arrested and officers seized his internet-enabled devices.

Analysis of these devices and Jones’ social media use revealed the extent of his offending.

The court heard that between 1 April 2018 and 30 April 2018 he had sent the teenage boy indecent images and videos of himself and incited his victim to do the same.

Jones had also engaged the boy in sexual communication.

He knew that his victim was under the age of 16 as he had worked at a school while the boy was a pupil there.

Forensic examination of Jones’ internet devices also revealed that he had downloaded and possessed a large number of indecent images and videos of children.

They included five images/videos of category A, which is the most serious type.

Detective Constable Victoria Hazlewood said: “I am delighted that Jones is now behind bars where he can no longer sexually exploit and pose a threat to boys.

“He took advantage of a boy he knew to be under the age of 16 for his own sexual gratification.

“This was a boy that had previously attended a school that Jones was working at as a teaching assistant.

“Jones sent the boy indecent images and videos and messages of a highly graphic sexual nature and incited his victim to do the same.

“He also downloaded and possessed more than 40 indecent images of children.

“I would like to thank all the officers involved in the investigation for their hard work in revealing the extent of Jones’ offending and I hope that the sentence he has been handed deters others from committing similar offences.”

On top of his custodial sentence Jones was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and given a lifelong sexual harm prevention order.

He was also issued with a banning notice preventing him from working with children and has to pay a £170 victim surcharge.