North East Wales

Teacher Scott Lynch jailed for sex acts with girl, 16

Scott Lynch Image copyright Andrew Price
Image caption Scott Lynch also downloaded and shared child abuse images online

A teacher who took part in sex acts with a 16-year-old girl has been jailed for five years.

English teacher Scott Lynch, 33, of Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham, got the girl to take part in role playing where she pretended to be his daughter.

He also persuaded another girl he met online to take part in sex acts and send him photographs.

He admitted a string of 19 sex offences at Mold Crown Court.

The court heard Lynch took indecent photographs and films of the 16-year-old, downloaded and shared child abuse images and took part in online chats about his fantasies.

Anna Pope, prosecuting, said: "This defendant has a clear sexual interest in children. Over a two year period he acted out that interest."

'Depravity'

The court heard the offences happened at a time when Lynch was head of personal and social education, which included sex education, and was also responsible for liaising with a police officer on behalf of his school.

He admitted he had fantasies and a sexual interest in children but the former banker denied in a police interview that was why he had retrained as a teacher.

The girl said, looking back, she realised he had taken advantage of her but at the time she found him sympathetic and caring and she became attracted to him.

Simon Killeen, defending, said Lynch had already sought help for his behaviour and was willing to work with organisations to address the motives behind his offending.

Judge Rhys Rowlands described Lynch's offending as "depravity, plain and simple" and said he had targeted a vulnerable young girl for his own sexual gratification.

Lynch pleaded guilty to 19 charges, including sexual activity with a girl aged 16, downloading and distributing indecent images of children and initiating an unknown girl to perform sex acts and send him photographs of herself.

He was banned from working with children or vulnerable adults for life.