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Teacher jailed for sex with girl

Matthew Knott
Matthew Knott sent his victim explicit messages and naked photos

A science teacher from Greater Manchester who pretended to be a teenage girl on the internet to groom a 13-year-old for sex has been jailed.

Matthew Knott, who taught at Elton High School in Bury, created the online profile of 15-year-old "Jessica", Manchester Crown Court heard.

A week after meeting his victim online, he took her to his flat and told her to have sex with him.

The 24-year-old, from Miles Platting, was sentenced to four years in prison.

He enticed the young girl by sending her MSN messages under his pseudonym, then began to send her explicit messages and asked her for naked photos.

These were carefully planned and calculated offences carried out in a devious way to enable you to meet this child for the purpose of having sex with her
Judge Michael Henshaw

His victim, the court heard, was not a student of the school at which he taught.

Knott, who was banned from working with children for five years, started teaching at Elton High in September last year. It is believed it was his first teaching job.

He had pleaded guilty to grooming a child for sex on the internet and sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing.

Judge Michael Henshaw told him: "It is perfectly clear to anybody here and those reading about these offences to see these were carefully planned calculated offences carried out in a devious way to enable you to meet this child for the purpose of having sex with her.

"The type of activity you engaged in is of enormous public concern.

"Parents throughout this country are no doubt worried sick what their offspring might be doing when they are using the computer.

"There are people like you who adopt identities to encourage children to commit offences."



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