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A primary school teacher snared talking in sex chat with a researcher posing as a 10-year-old girl has avoided jail.

Thomas Nightingale, who also had more than 100 indecent pictures of children, worked at St Mary’s primary school in Bacup as a supply teacher.

He logged onto an over 18s sex chat room and started talking with a researcher posing as a youngster.

There is no suggestion that any of the images related to children at St Mary’s.

Primary teacher Thomas Nightingale caught in web sting had sick child abuse pics and asked for images of ’10-year-old girl’

The 27-year-old was reported to Interpol when an undercover researcher from a Dutch child protection charity, who posed as a little girl, was disgusted by his behaviour

Thomas Nightingale had more than 100 indecent pictures of children

A primary school teacher snared talking in sex chat with a researcher posing as a 10-year-old girl has avoided jail.

Thomas Nightingale, who also had more than 100 indecent pictures of children, worked at St Mary’s primary school in Bacup as a supply teacher.

He logged onto an over 18s sex chat room and started talking with a researcher posing as a youngster.

There is no suggestion that any of the images related to children at St Mary’s.
Burnley Crown Court heard how the researcher was working for Dutch child protection charity Terre des Hommes, which was researching the extent of child grooming on the internet and ‘web cam child sex tourism’.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, told the court how Nightingale logged onto the chatroom in June 2013 and began a conversation with a researcher posing as a child called ‘Kyra10f’ – meaning 10-years-old and female.

The court heard Nightingale, 27, asked if she ‘had any pics’ and when the researcher said she was with her younger sister and they could kiss he replied ‘that would be amazing to watch’.

Miss Kehoe said the charity became ‘so concerned’ by the comments that they ‘felt compelled to call Interpol’.

The court heard how a few months later, in September 2013, Nightingale was caught possessing indecent images on his computer after his dad took it to a shop for repair.

Miss Kehoe said a technician found the indecent images – including 38 of the most serious category A – and contacted police.

She said: “At the time of the allegations involving the images of children Thomas Nightingale was a teacher.

“It was because of this he was arrested immediately and was interviewed by police. Eventually he accepted the images on the computer were put there by him.

“What he thought he had done was deleted them and he was shocked to find they were still on the computer.”

Miss Kehoe said 24 of the images had been uploaded to a photo sharing website.

Nightingale, of Whitworth, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of possessing indecent images and three counts of possessing indecent images for show.

He was given a two year jail term, suspended for two years with a supervision requirement and an internet sex offenders treatment programme.