June 2010

Leeds pervert teacher jailed for four years 

history teacher who groomed a 13-year-old girl into performing sex acts on a webcam has been jailed for four years.

A judge said “perverted” Alexander McCall posed a significant risk to other young children after hearing how he filmed his victim over a six month period and stored the images on his computer.

McCall, 28, a teacher at Featherstone Technology College, was addicted to cocaine and alcohol when met the youngster on a teen website, posing as a 20-year-old university student called Alex.

He had a partner and a young son at the time of the offences, Leeds Crown Court heard.

After his arrest in February 2009, 309 indecent images were found on computers he kept at the school and at his Leeds home, including one of child rape.

McCall, of Devonshire Lane, Roundhay, admitted three offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four of making indecent photographs of a child and one of possession of indecent images of children.

His offending began in August 2007, two months after getting the job as a history teacher. None of the offences relate to any children at the school.

Describing his behaviour, judge Geoffrey Marson told McCall: “You recorded that activity for your own perverted pleasure and you had absolutely no regard for the damage you were doing to this vulnerable child.”

He added: “You are undoubtedly a man who is sexually attracted to young girls. You groomed this girl for sexual activity over a period of months.”

McCall was made the subject of a three-year extended licence period on release from jail and banned from having unsupervised access to children under 16 for life.

After the hearing, Elaine McHale, Corporate Director for Family Services at Wakefield Council, said: “These incidents were in no way related to Featherstone Technology College or students there.

Safeguarding the students was and is always paramount to the college. We can reassure the public that appropriate action will be taken now this case has been completed in the courts.”