Teacher jailed for 32 months for child sex offences

28/01/2013

A 41 year-old teacher has today been sentenced to 32 months imprisonment and barred for working with children for life at Shrewsbury Crown Court after he had previously pleaded guilty of sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing.

David Timmins, a History teacher, was arrested last year and charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child.

Max Bennett, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"David Timmins was a highly experienced and respected teacher but nevertheless he embarked on a personal relationship with a 15 year-old girl.

"As his school's child protection lead, Mr Timmins was fully aware that by meeting with the victim, buying her gifts and getting involved in a forbidden relationship, his actions contravened the law.

"The resulting police investigation and the subsequent court proceedings have had a far reaching and damaging effect on the victim, of which Timmins appears to have been heedless when embarking on the relationship. Even after he was arrested, he tried to contact the victim via social media.

"Parents and students should be able to trust their teachers and rely on them not to develop inappropriate relationships with children. If they cross this line, then the consequences can be very serious."