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Paedophile teacher jailed for a minimum of five years

A 23-year-old music teacher from Fife has been jailed for a minimum of five years for abusing 16 young boys.

Andrew Oliver Kingsley, from Dunfermline, admitted committing a string of sexual offences against boys as young as 12 between 2006 and 2009.

Kingsley, who was known as Olly, worked at a school in Fife for five months until his arrest in December 2009.

The teacher, who groomed his victims over the internet, was also placed on a life long restriction order.

On sentencing Kingsley, Judge Lord Pentland said: "The worst aspect of this sustained criminality, in my view, was your devious manipulation and relentless pursuit of numerous adolescent boys, all but one of whom were under the age of legal consent, for the purposes of your own sexual gratification.

'Influential role'

"You groomed your victims over the internet so as to develop abusive relationships with them.

"In some cases, the internet contact progressed to the stage of your meeting the victims in person and then physically abusing them."

Lord Pentland added: "In relation to some of your victims, you clearly occupied a position of trust and authority, either as a teacher or in some other influential role.

"Many of your victims looked up to you and admired you, but you took advantage of their emotional and sexual immaturity for your own selfish purposes."

The abuse took place in locations in Fife, Glasgow, Ayrshire and London.

Kingsley was a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and he had also been involved in a number of youth theatres.

Police said the teacher had been through all the relevant disclosure checks.

But they were alerted after the parents of a 12-year-old boy found explicit texts on their son's mobile.

Fife Constabulary said Kingsley made extensive use of the internet to befriend children conducting "virtual" conversations online via social networking sites to seek out his victims and gain their trust.

Garry McEwan, a senior investigating officer with Fife Constabulary, told BBC Scotland: "The sentencing brings to a close a groundbreaking investigation for Fife Constabulary.

"The case shows the global reach of internet crime.

"I can not overstate the devastating impact Kingsley's actions have had on his victims and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise their courage and bravery throughout this investigation."

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