May 2021

Paedophile teacher who appeared on The Voice shared child abuse images and called pupil, 10, ‘really cute’

An ex-teacher who appeared on BBC talent show The Voice has been jailed for sharing pictures of children being sexually abused.

Paul Rajasegaram, 33, of Marylebone, central London was found to be behind an online persona discussing the sexual abuse of children in an online chat platform used by like-minded paedophiles.

He appeared on the BBC singing competition in 2014 and did not make it past the first round.

Suspicions of Rajasegaram were first raised after officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) found he had described two of his pupils, aged just 10 and 12, as being “really cute”.

Further investigations led to his identification and he was arrested in January 2018.

Officers subsequently conducted a search of his home and seized an Apple laptop computer, analysis of which revealed it contained 58 indecent images and 10 child sexual abuse videos including a video of an eight-year-old boy being raped.

Under the username ‘London_boylover69’, he shared child abuse images with other paedophiles of the most serious kind over Skype, involving children as young as three

Following his arrest, the former teacher was immediately suspended from the Tower Hamlets school he taught and a performing arts school at which he worked weekends.

Rajasegaram, of Westminster, appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday (May 19) to be sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of making and two counts of distributing indecent images of children.

He was jailed for two years and three months.