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Teacher ‘jailed for paedophile manual and indecent images of children’

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Jamie Wheeler

A former schoolteacher who kept a “paedophile manual” on his laptop was imprisoned after a colleague reported seeing inappropriate images on the device.

Jamie Alexander Wheeler, 32, was sentenced to four years and ten months in prison on Tuesday (May 16) when he appeared at York Crown Court. Previously, he had pled guilty to a variety of sexual offences. Possession of a paedophile manual, three counts of making indecent images of children, six counts of sexual touching, eight counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child, and two counts of meeting a child to engage in a sexual act were the offences he admitted to.

The former teacher, who formerly resided in Riccall near Selby but now resides in Leeds, was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. The court heard that officers seized 33 electronic devices, including laptops, phones, and memory cards, during his detention. The devices contained over 26,000 indecent images of minors, including 4,721 category A images – the most severe.

Officers also discovered a manual that described in detail how to groom children prior to sexually assaulting them.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Claire Hudson of York and Selby CID, said: “The images found on Wheeler’s devices depicted sickening and very distressing images of children being abused. Behind every image is a terrified child that has suffered in the worst possible way. By downloading these images he has helped fuel the horrific trade in child sexual abuse images, re-victimising every child in those photos and videos.

“While we did not identify any evidence that he was directly involved in the worst kind of sexual offending, we did identify direct offences of sexual touching and other grooming offences to which he thankfully pleaded guilty and spared the victims the trauma of giving evidence at court.

“When his offending was discovered, we worked with our partner agencies to ensure immediate safeguarding measures were put in place, including his suspension from his job and conditions imposed to prevent any contact with any children. I hope Wheeler uses his time in prison to take make use of the help available to prevent re-offending in the future.”

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