A former primary school headteacher has been locked up for more than seven years after admitting to grooming and committing sexual offences with a teenage boy in Derbyshire.
Robin Scott, 53, was in charge of Woodlesford Primary School in Leeds at the time of the offences when he preyed on the vulnerable youngster in Glossop.
The offences were committed in the Glossop area against the youngster - who cannot be named for legal reasons - and do not relate to anyone at the school.
Scott appeared before Derby Crown Court on Monday, July 23, where he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and one of meeting a child following sexual grooming.
After the case, Detective Sergeant Steve Bruce, who led the investigation said: “Robin Scott groomed a young man and then engaged in sexual activity with him on a number of occasions.
“I’m pleased we have been able to get this result in court and hope it shows just how seriously we treat offences like this.”
Scott was initially charged with ten counts of sexual activity with a child and one of sexual grooming, between February 2017 and June 2018, when he appeared before Chesterfield magistrates’ court in June.
He later pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and one of meeting a child following sexual grooming which was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service and he was dealt with for these charges alone.
The 53-year-old, of Wycar, Bedale, North Yorkshire, was sentenced to seven years and four months of custody.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop told a previous Chesterfield magistrates’ court hearing offences came to light when Scott was spotted with the 15-year-old victim and police were contacted.
The defendant had been accused of initially being in contact with the youngster via social media from when the boy was 13-years-old, according to Mrs Allsop.
Mrs Allsop added that when matters allegedly became more sexual the youngster was allegedly taken by Scott, who is a headteacher, to a Travelodge.
Defence solicitor Julie Page had told the magistrates’ court hearing Scott had spoken to the youngster who had complained about family issues.
Ms Page said Scott accepted he knew the complainant and that they met through a chatroom.
Scott also claimed it had been a difficult time because his own mother has dementia and she has been living in a home and his father was struggling to cope, according to Ms Page.
The magistrates’ court had heard Scott was also having to make redundancies at his school.
Ms Page said Scott’s initial contact with the teenager had not been sexually motivated.
She said: “He had met a young boy and put himself in a vulnerable position and he compromised his own position by providing guidance and support.”
Following the case, Det Sgt Bruce added: “It doesn’t matter how old a victim is, what the circumstances are, or how much time has passed. I would urge anyone who may be a victim of sexual abuse to contact the police, or one of our partner agencies.
“When we receive reports like this, we put all of our efforts into safeguarding vulnerable people and making sure people like Robin Scott face justice for their crimes.”