March 2008

Southam school worker in sex shame is sentenced

A COVENTRY school worker has been given a suspended jail sentence and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Learning mentor Anthony Steve Broughall admitted making indecent images of children and touching a pupil in a sexual manner.

He was sentenced at Coventry Crown Court yesterday Broughall, aged 45, formerly of Laurel Drive, Stockton, near Southam, received a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years and was also given a two-year supervision order.

Broughall, a father of three, had earlier admitted three counts of making indecent photographs and one charge of intentionally touching a boy under 13 in a sexual manner. The victim was aged eight and was a pupil in his care.

Broughall’s defence admitted he touched pupils with the back of his hand over an 18 month period while he worked at a city school.

A previous hearing was told Broughall committed the offences because of a complex over his genitals.

In court yesterday, Judge Marten Coates said: “At the time you committed these offences you were in a position of trust and abused that trust.

“I will punish you for the serious breach of trust, at the same time I have to be mindful of the long-term interests of you and society. You have lost your job, you have been removed from your family and you have and will be subjected to public disgrace.”