‘Cynical and highly manipulative’ former teacher jailed for sexual offences against boys
A “cynical and highly manipulative” former Hampshire teacher has been jailed after committing a number of sexual offences against two teenage boys.
Julius Edwards, formerly of Queens Road, Farnborough, “exploited” the vulnerability of his victims, one of whom described him as a “puppet master”.
Edwards, 49, “sought out teenage boys online, looking for the vulnerable”, encouraging them to exchange explicit sexual messages and images with him.
He then persuaded the victims, aged 13 and 14 at the time, to meet him in person and engage in sexual acts, leaving them “devastated by the trauma”.
Edwards was a science teacher, but these victims were not his students. He taught at the Dove House School in Basingstoke at the time of his arrest.
The “predatory paedophile” committed the sexual offences against the boys between March and April in 2020, and was convicted of 18 offences in April this year.
three counts of sexual activity with a boy under 16;
nine counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy under 16;
one count of sexual assault by penetration;
three counts of attempting to engage in penetrative sexual activity with a boy under 16; and
two counts of failure to comply with a notice to provide a key.