Richard Arthur Oldham, who worked at several schools in York at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty to a total of 23 sexual offences involving children.
Oldham, 31, who now lives in Devon, admitted his offences which span from 2003 to September 2012, at Leeds Crown Court on Monday 5th August 2013.
The former teacher admitted offences including sexually assaulting two primary school aged boys, three counts of voyeurism, recording a private act and making indecent images involving children.
Thirteen of the offences were of making indecent images of children, including pornographic videos, and possessing 2,076 indecent photographs of children.
Oldham denied one charge which will not be pursued. The charge was of sexual activity with a child, alleged to have happened between August 2006 and July 2007.
Judge Peter Collier QC told Oldham that his crimes would “inevitably lead to a sentence of immediate custody”.
“You will understand when you come back for sentence it is almost certain that the sentence passed on you will be a custodial sentence,”
“Obviously you will get significant credit for your guilty pleas tended at this stage.”
Judge Collier granted Oldham bail on the condition that he adheres to an electrically-monitored curfew, reports to police three times a week and does not enter the city of York. He also said that Oldham must not have any contact with children under the age of 16.
The case was referred for pre-sentence reports and Oldham will appear at the same court on 16th September to be sentenced.
Another former teacher has also recently been charged with sexual offences against children.
Mervyn Rush, 68, has admitted 18 sexual offences against 12 boys in Norfolk after more than a decade on the run after disappearing while awaiting trial in 2000. All the boys were under the age of 16 with some as young as nine.
Rush was extradited back to the UK from France in April after being held under a European arrest warrant on suspicion of sex offences involving children between 1973 and 1977. On Monday 5th August 2013, Rush, formerly of Dorking, Surrey, admitted to the charges at Norwich Crown Court and is due to be sentenced shortly.
These recent cases all follow on from the high profile case of former mathematics teacher Jeremy Forrest who ran away to France with his 15 year old student. Forrest was sentenced to five and a half years in jail earlier this year after being convicted or abduction and admitting a further five counts of sexual activity with a child. Forrest is now being moved to another jail, which is designed to house only sex offenders, to prevent his victim from visiting him, after she claimed in a letter that she will “wait for ever” to be reunited, and both allegedly have plans to marry upon his release.
Judge Michael Lawson QC commented in summing up the case that “It is a huge privilege for an adult to be permitted to teach children…You chose to ignore the cardinal rule of teaching – that you should do so in an environment that was utterly safe and with no hidden agendas.
“In reality you had by then [when he was warned about rumours of his relationship and offered support by fellow teachers] already started an intimate relationship with the girl – her first – within days of her 15th birthday and, as you spoke, you were preparing to spend much of the summer holidays pursuing that relationship with her…
“For her it was a supportive relationship she should have been able to trust…You encouraged her infatuation and provided opportunities for her to communicate with you and be alone with you…Your behaviour over this period had been motivated by self interest and has hurt and damaged many people…It was your duty as a teacher to stop her infatuation, not to fuel it.
Christine Sands, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury and the Abuse Claims Department at Jordans stated, “It is troubling that so many cases such as these involving teachers or carers in positions of trust are now coming to light.
“What is reassuring is that the police and the Courts now appear to be taking action against those responsible for abusing their power, and exploiting young and vulnerable children. However, more action needs to be taken to safeguard our children, and prevent these instances of abuse from taking place in the first instance”.