Primary school teacher jailed for watching live child abuse

A primary school teacher who watched as “horrific” live child abuse was screened to an internet chat room has been jailed following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Wayne Brookes, aged 43, of Weston-Super-Mare, is the second man sentenced in relation to the chat room. Brookes was jailed for 20 months at Bristol Crown Court yesterday.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for ten years, given a sexual harm prevention order for the same duration, and has been disqualified from working with children.

Brookes taught at Westleigh Infants School in Southend-on-Sea until May 2016, when NCA officers arrested him. He admitted four offences relating to viewing indecent images and videos of children on the site, which included the real-time footage of a boy being raped.

The NCA has found no evidence to suggest Brookes committed contact offences against children.

Brookes’ prison sentence follows the imprisonment on 12 July of Darren Williams, a youth worker from Newport, Wales, as part of the same NCA investigation.

Williams was present in the chat room with Brookes and urged on the rapist streaming the footage by leaving comments asking him to “smack him” to “prove it’s live”.

The Newport man pleaded guilty to twelve sexual offences, including inciting the rape of a child under 13, and was jailed for eleven years.

In America in February this year William Chandler Augusta, the Pennsylvania man who streamed his attack on a young boy to the chat room, was sentenced for a range of offences and could spend up to 30 years in jail.

His victim was identified by police officers in the US and protective measures have been taken.

Colin Radcliffe, senior manager at the NCA, said: “As a teacher Brookes was supposed to be doing his utmost to protect and guide children.

“Instead he was active on an internet chat room where horrific abuse was being streamed for the participants’ sexual gratification.

“There are those out there who seek to harm children and who think they’re safe if they stay in dark corners of the internet.

“But the officers of the NCA and its partners are dedicated and are determined to detect offenders and bring them to justice.”

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