Page last updated at 12:58 GMT, Thursday, 26 February 2009

Jailed after sex texts to pupils

Cardiff Crown Court
A judge heard Davies had sent text messages to two female pupils

A classroom assistant has been jailed for 12 months after sending text messages to two teenage pupils asking for sex.

James Davies, 23, of Bridgend, admitted several sex offence charges at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court heard how he got one of his victim's mobile number when he confiscated her phone.

He send her texts arranging to meet her and touched her intimately. He was banned indefinitely from teaching.

Davies pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual grooming, sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust.

This was a gross breach of trust. You used mobile phone calls, text messages and internet social networking sites to groom these girls
Judge David Wynn Morgan

The judge heard how Davies began sending one of the girls sexual text messages and ringing her after confiscating her phone.

Prosecutor Hywel Hughes said he rang her while she was in the bath and asked her to meet him, telling her to wear something sexy.

He said she dressed, putting clothes on top of her nightwear and met him in his car.

He said they sat next next to each other and he sent her text messages of what he wanted to do to her before he touched her intimately.

The court heard that their meeting in a country park ended when a warden approached them and said he was closing for the night.

After taking her home, Davies then rang her again asking the girl to send him sexual pictures.

The court heard their relationship became a source of gossip at the comprehensive school where Davies was working as a teaching assistant but regarded by the pupils as a supply teacher.

A deputy head teacher overheard pupils talking and police were brought in.

Mr Hughes said he was also texting another 15-year-old girl with messages including: "Would you come if I gave you detention?" and "Would you do things with me in the closet?"

Andrew Davies, defending, said he was "a young man of character, ability and potential whose career was now in ruins."

He said: "He has apologised to his victims and his family. It was out of character."

Judge David Wynn Morgan said: "You targeted each of these children and made efforts to seduce and corrupt them.

"This was a gross breach of trust. You used mobile phone calls, text messages and internet social networking sites to groom these girls.

"You exploited your position by obtaining the mobile phone of one of the girls after getting her number and arranged to meet her to make sexual suggestions.

"You sent 10 to 20 text messages to the other girl. These children were frightened, confused and embarrassed by the situation."

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