Pervert teacher jailed after he posed as teenager in chat room
A TEACHER who was sacked from his school after police caught him posing as a teenager in online chats with boys has been jailed.
Richard Lythall committed a raft of offences over a three-year period, including downloading and distributing indecent photographs of children.
The 35-year-old was working at Sir Thomas Boughey High School, in Halmerend, when the allegations came to light and he was immediately dismissed.
Now the English teacher and church organist is this week starting a three-and-a-half year jail term.
Police seized Lythall’s computer equipment from his home in March last year.
Officers found he had been chatting online to boys aged 14 and 15 – while posing as a 15-year-old boy and a 23-year-old woman.
They also discovered indecent images of children.
Lythall pleaded guilty to 15 offences committed between January 24, 2012 and March 24, 2015, including:
Attempting to cause a child to watch sexual activity;
Causing a child to engage in sexual activity;
Taking indecent images of a child;
Possessing and distributing indecent images of children.