December 2018

Suffolk teacher jailed for having sex with two pupils

A teacher has been jailed for 10 years for having sex with two pupils, one of whom he “groomed”.

The girls were at different secondary schools in north-east Suffolk where Alex Brown had taught between 2015 and 2017.

Brown, 35, now of Leeds, admitted 11 offences at an earlier hearing.

The judge at Ipswich Crown Court described one of the victims as a “damaged, vulnerable, easily-targeted 15-year-old in your care”.

Brown, now of Spibey Lane, Rothwell, admitted eight charges of sexual activity with a female and three of taking indecent images.

The court heard one girl was just under 16 years old, while the other was just over 16.

Sentencing, Judge David Goodin said he had “betrayed” the trust of children “who, as often as not, are not aware of what their best interests are”.

With regard to the younger victim, the judge said “I think grooming is the word”, while the older victim had “respected, admired and liked” the teacher.

The judge said: “You’re not a fool – you’ve had safeguarding training. You knew exactly what you were doing.”

He described some the messages found on Brown’s phone as “recording in the most explicit detail the activities you were engaged in”.

Brown will be the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order on his release.

November 2018

Teacher admits string of sexual offences against two schoolgirls

A disgraced Suffolk teacher who sexually assaulted two teenage girls is facing a jail term when he is sentenced next month.

Teacher Alex Brown, who taught at schools in Waveney pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, November 14 to five offences of sexual activity with a child, three offences of penetrative sexual activity with a child and three offences of taking indecent pictures of a child.

The 35-year-old, now of Spibey Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, was arrested in Beccles following the offences.

The court heard that the offences against the two girls occurred between 2015 and 2017.

Adjourning sentence until December 13 Judge David Goodin told Brown: “There is no sensible alternative to custody – there just can’t be. It is only fair to make that clear to you.”

He ordered Brown to sign the sex offenders’ register and said the length of the order would be decided at the sentencing hearing.

Andrew Oliver, for Brown, told the court that his client had no previous convictions and lived with his parents.

He said the offences admitted by Brown were serious and the custody threshold had clearly been crossed. “He is at risk of his first custodial sentence,” said Mr Oliver.

Brown was granted conditional bail.