Febuary 2007

Music tutor sent girl porn

A MUSIC tutor who sent pictures of his private parts to a Middlewich teenager has been banned from teaching for life.

Julian Garside – branded disgraceful and disgusting by a crown court judge – was also given a six-month suspended prison sentence and placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Chester Crown Court was told how Garside, 37, befriended the girl when she was 15, and then obtained her mobile phone number and email address on the pretext of talking to her about work.

Instead – over the course of months – he started to engage in sexual banter’ with the girl.

“He then began talking about wholly inappropriate matters in conversation with her,” said John Oates, prosecuting.

“He used to talk to her about swingers, making personal enquiries about her and her boyfriend.”

A short time later Garside began to text and email indecent and pornographic images of himself and other people.

“She said she’d never asked for any of these images,” said Mr Oates.

It was only when one of the girl’s friends left a note for Garside that read Stop this now before we report you and we mean stop, stop everything’ that the police were alerted.

Garside, of Appleby Crescent, Mobberley, later claimed he had sent the pictures because he found them funny and thought she would too.

Last week, though, he accepted he had made a mistake.

“He may have said things he now regrets and has said in conference with me he clearly accepted the seriousness of what he had done,” said Andrew Jebb, defending.

“He recognises he was in a position of trust and he’d done this for personal sexual gratification.”

The offences were committed between January 2005 and June 2006 and Garside was charged in October.

Passing sentence, Judge Elgan Edwards, Recorder of Chester, said Garside had ruined a brilliant career’.

He told Garside: “Your conduct was quite disgraceful and disgusting and anyone who can get something from this type of filth has something wrong with them.”

Garside, who had admitted abusing his position of trust, was also banned from talking in Internet chat rooms with anyone under 18.