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Christie, a Year 3 teacher at the 538 pupil Baines Endowed Primary School near Blackpool, Lancashire, was arrested after the 13-year-old’s mother found sexually explicit messages on her daughter’s mobile phone.
At Preston Crown Court, Christie bowed his head in shame as he was jailed for 12 months. Prosecuting, Mercedeh Jabbari said the Blackberry Messenger chat with the 13-year old Scottish schoolgirl had taken place between January 18 and February 22 last year after Christie initiated it by saying, 'Hey how are you I’m Jamie, 25, M, UK'. The prosecutor said the messages continued in an explicit manner with Christie asking what sexual experience she had and encouraged her to elaborate on it.'He had engaged in conversation with the 16-year-old between 25th February and 1st March 2013.
Geoffrey Roger Brown, head of science and deputy head of sixth form at the Durham Federation of Schools, also posed as a teenage girl in some of his online conversations.
He was engaged in such an act when police called at his home in High Pittington, near Durham, on May 2, 2015.
Jane Waugh, mitigating, handed nine character references to the court and said the defendant was of previous good character.
A TEACHER used a school computer to pose as an ex-pupil to gain access to teenage chat rooms where he exchanged sexual messages.
He has as a result of his actions lost everything.'He has lost obviously his good name, he’s an educated man, he had a good job and good career prospects and is a man of positive good character.
He has also lost his marriage, the relationship of 17 years.''He didn’t understand the seriousness of what he was engaged in.
Conor Quinn, prosecuting, said one monitor featured a live chat in which a participant claimed to be 14. That’s me pretending to be 14, for a joke, this morning.” He claimed something similar “popped up” the previous week, but he deleted it.
Brown was arrested and several computer devices were seized.
One youngster of 16 sent Christie a topless picture of herself after he told her she was 'truly beautiful and he had fallen for her'.