31-year-old science teacher, created a series of fake profiles of teenage girls, using images he had downloaded from the web, and lured young boys into sharing explicit sexual content of themselves.
Alaric Bristow pleaded guilty to 12 charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, nine of making indecent images of children with one of having prohibited images and has been jailed for five years but will be on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.
According to the sentencing Judge, teacher Bristow had lured more than 200 young boys, aged between 13 to 15, to send pictures of themselves stripping for his own sexual gratification, betraying the trust his pupils had in him.
“When they thought they were flirting with a girl their own age, they were being recorded and lusted over by their teacher, a man they were supposed to be able to trust. You were leading a double life, imparting knowledge during the day, but leading a dark secret life at night,” he said.
When the police raided his home on a court order in September, after receiving information about suspicious internet activity, they confiscated his laptop and hard drive and were dumbfounded to find a huge quantity of indecent images and the method he had used to obtain them.
Bristow had created PowerPoint presentation ‘trophies’ of his achievements, where he kept records of the names of the boys, the false profiles he used when contacting them, and about 1000 images were found to have been stored in there.
His reputation precedes him though. After his initial arrest, teacher Bristow could keep off his bad behaviour and breached his bail conditions by obtaining a laptop and accessing the internet to continue offending, according to a detective constable. The five years should do sanity to his moral decrement and teach him a tough lesson that he will live to remember.