Pervert teacher "groomed" pupils
Updated 4:29pm Monday 19th May 2014 in North Wilts news
A WILTSHIRE teacher who abused his position of trust to groom pupils to engage in sex has been warned to expect a jail sentence after he was convicted by a jury.
Alexander Thomas, 30, of Queen Elizabeth Drive, Swindon, was found guilty at Swindon Crown Court today of inciting four teenaged girls to engage in sexual activity.
After the trial Wiltshire Police child abuse investigator Det Cons Angela Spray said: “Thomas worked as a secondary school teacher in Wiltshire where he systematically abused the position of trust he was in to prey on vulnerable, underage children for his own sexual gratification.
“Thomas groomed his victims and encouraged them to engage in sexual acts after gaining their confidence and trust.
“He has refused to take any responsibility for his actions and has forced his victims to relieve their suffering and give evidence in court.”
Thomas was found not guilty of direct sexual activity with two of the girls, but admitted possessing an indecent image of one of his victims.
He was granted unconditional bail until sentencing on June 13.
Det Cons Spray added: “I would urge anyone who has been the victim of any sexual assault to contact Wiltshire Police immediately – we have dedicated officers who are specially trained to help those who have been abused.
Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre based at the New Swindon Sanctuary, The Gables, Shrivenham Road, Swindon on 0808 168 0024.