July 2021

‘Dangerous’ paedophile teacher used alter-ego to trick teen boys into sex acts

A “dangerous” paedophile teacher who used alter-egos online to trick at least 27 boys into filming themselves performing sex acts has been jailed for 17 years.

Dean Davidson, 38, admitted 18 sexual offences over 10 years, including possession of indecent images of children, online exploitation of young teenagers and indecently touching boys

The defendant, of Brockwood Court, Ashington, Northumberland, taught in various schools in the North East of England and “posed as a good-looking blonde girl” online, according to one of his victims.

Depending on the sexuality of his victims, he used a male alter-ego, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Davidson held his head in his hands during the sentencing hearing as statements from 27 victims were heard.

Andrew Epsley, prosecuting, said Davidson was “a dangerous offender” who tricked some of his victims, now adults, after contacting them on social media.

In some cases, he posed as a sexually adventurous older girl, and cajoled them into performing sexual acts on camera.

Davidson, without their knowledge, made recordings of those videos, the court heard.

The victim only realised the deception when detectives approached him and showed him video of himself as a boy aged around 13 performing sex acts.

Officers had recovered the video from Davidson’s electronic devices.

The victim said: “I had been enticed by who I thought was a girl showing me attention at a very early age.

“Over the years it had been casual, friendly, on occasions flirtatious and sexual.

“I feel deceived and misled.”

Another victim said he felt anxious in public in case Davidson had shared videos of him as a young teen, adding he felt “violated”.

And another said he recalled making friends online with that he thought was a girl who asked him to do “weird things – stuff I would never dream of doing as an adult”.

Judge Sarah Mallett sentenced him to serve 17 years in jail, with a six-year extended period.

Davidson was also handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which will place restrictions on him on his release from prison and will have to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life. He was also barred from working with children.

Referring to his victims, she said: “Several of them have described their lives, as a result, are in ruins.”