Disgraced former school governor tried to meet girl he had groomed online
A disgraced former school governor tried to meet a girl he had groomed online – only to come face-to-face with paedophile hunter group ‘Catching online predators’
David Revell, who resigned as a governor of Myton School in Warwick after being trapped by the group and arrested, was also found to have took ‘upskirt’ pictures of schoolgirls on a bus.
The 68-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a 12-year-old girl, engaging in sexual communication with a child, taking indecent pictures of children and making indecent images of children by downloading them.
A judge told Revell he should be “thoroughly ashamed of yourself”, but still felt it right to suspended his prison sentence as the judge gave him “the benefit of the doubt”.
Revell, 68, of Ebourne Close, Kenilworth, was handed a 14-month prison term suspended for two years, with a rehabilitation activity.
Judge Barry Berlin also ordered him to do 150 hours of unpaid work, to register as a sex offender for ten years and to pay £425 costs.
Prosecutor Andrew Wilkins said the matters came to the attention of the police after Revell travelled to Manchester to meet a 12-year-old girl he had been communicating with online.
But in fact he was met by members of a paedophile hunter group who had set up a decoy profile of the supposed girl, and the police were contacted and Revell was arrested.
His phone and his laptop were seized and on them the police found evidence of online conversations of a sexual nature with five girls, as he believed them to be.
Revell’s messages to one 13-year-old included telling her: “You look very hot. Love it that you’re so young.”
In his communication with ‘Louise’, the 12-year-old he had arranged to meet, he made it plain their conversation had to be kept private – saying he would not want her to get in trouble.
“He talks about seeing her legs and liking to see her in a mini-skirt, and eventually there’s an arrangement to meet up, that she should travel to Manchester without telling her parents and he would travel from Warwick,” said Mr Wilkins.
Revell made it clear he would buy her gifts and talked about going to a hotel room.
He also sent one girl attempted ‘upskirt’ pictures he had taken of schoolgirls on a bus, which Mr Wilkins said was concerning because he was a school governor at the time, and asked her to take similar pictures and send them to him.
His computer also contained 387 images of girls in naked or indecent poses which he had downloaded from the internet, and two more serious ones of girls in involved in sexual activity.
Former school governor from Warwick district admits to sexual communication with 12-year-old girl
A former school governor has admitted having communicated with a 12-year-old girl with the intention of committing a sexual offence with her.
David Revell, who resigned as a director of the trust of Myton School in Warwick following his arrest in January, appeared at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court in Leamington.
Revell (67) of Ebourne Close, Kenilworth, pleaded guilty to communicating with a girl aged under the age of 16 and making sexual comments for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.
He also pleaded guilty to attempting to meet the 12-year-old girl on January 26, having communicated with her on more than one occasion, with the intention of committing a sexual offence.
In addition, Revell admitted taking indecent photographs classed as being in category C, showing children in naked or indecent poses, and making category C images by downloading them.
The charges followed his arrest in Manchester on January 26, after which Revell, who had only become a director of the Myton School Trust in September last year, immediately resigned from his post.
After he had entered his guilty pleas, prosecutor Baldev Atwal submitted: “These matters should go to the crown court.”
And Amy Jackson, defending, agreed, and asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Revell.
Committing the case to Warwick Crown Court, District Judge Lesley Mottram granted Revell bail with a condition that he lives either at Ebourne Close or the address in Scotland.
She ordered him to register with the police as a sex offender, and told him: “You will in due course get the maximum credit for your pleas, but the [sentencing] guideline is way beyond my powers.”