A TEACHER at one of Doncaster’s biggest schools has been jailed after posing as a teenager to groom a 13-year-old girl on the internet.
Peter Avery who taught at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College in Edlington, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to inciting a 13-year-old girl into sexual activity and one count of possessing indecent images of children.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that Avery pretended to be a boy and then asked his victim to perform a sex act via popular online chat site MSN.
Avery, of Muirfield Avenue, Bessacarr, was in his post as a teacher at the time of the offence and was arrested at his home address.
Avery, who was a long standing art teacher at the school, was suspended in May 2010 pending the outcome of an investigation.
A spokesman from the CPS said Avery pretended to be a teenager in order to chat to the girl via MSN and asked her to expose herself.
The offences took place in July 2009 over a three day period.
Avery was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Mary McCorry, headteacher of Sir Thomas Wharton, said in a statement to the Free Press “Mr Avery no longer teaches at the school after being suspended with immediate effect in May last year and was subsequently dismissed following an investigation.”
During his career Avery was also assistant head at City School in Sheffield during which time he lost 14 stone in nine months. Sir Thomas Wharton Community College opened in January 2009, replacing Edlington Comprehensive school and became a foundation school with trust status in March 2010.