Ipswich: Teacher sent sex picture message to girl, aged 12

A TEACHER has admitted inciting sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl while he was at a county school.

Sean Deverson’s court admission yesterday came as it was confirmed he had been sacked by Suffolk County Council.

The 24-year-old, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, also pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing indecent pictures of a child.

Ipswich Crown Court heard Deverson had initiated an exchange of picture messages with the girl by sending her an image of his genitals. She later replied with a picture of her posing in her bra.

The offences happened between August and December 23 last year.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said: “He asked her to send him a picture of her, it’s said this is a picture of her in a bra in a posed position.

“The picture was undoubtedly sent because he asked her to send one.

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“The defendant sent her a picture of his erect penis.

“If he had not sent a picture of his penis, none of this would have happened.”

Judge David Goodin told Deverson all options were open when he returns to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing in early August.

Before Deverson left the dock on unconditional bail the judge made him sign the sex offenders register. However it will not be clear until Deverson is sentenced how long he will have to remain on it.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “Clearly the school and Suffolk County Council take any allegation of this nature extremely seriously.

“The matter was referred to Suffolk police as soon as concerns were brought to our attention and the school and local authority have assisted the police with their investigation.

“I can confirm that this matter has been dealt with through internal formal procedures and the individual concerned is no longer employed as a teacher in Suffolk.”