Former British teacher arrested while on the run in Spain
Police in Spain have arrested an on-the-run British man suspected of being a cyber sex pervert.
The former teacher fled the UK in early 2016 just before he was due to stand trial for “multiple sexual offences” involving children.
He was classified as one of the UK’s most wanted criminals after targeting students aged betwen 12 and 15, including at his own school.
Police said he worked at an academy in the south of England and created several false profiles on a social network where he pretended to be a teenager himself. He then coerced the boys and girls he made contact with to send him pornographic photographs.
The man was arrested in Barcelona under a European Arrest Warrant.
“He worked at a school in Sussex and created various profiles on a well-known social network site with fake names as well as a fake date of birth in order to pretend to be a minor,” said a police spokesman.
“He was therefore able to make contacts with students of the same school where he taught and, acting online as a sexual predator, gained their confidence and invited them to perform for him various acts of a sexual nature in which children undressed and showed their intimate parts on camera.”
“His victims, all aged between 12 and 15, belie-ved they were interacting with a young man of their own age, not knowing that all the time that it was actually their teacher.”
Investigators eventually found out he had fled to Spain and was living under a false identity in Barcelona.
To try and evade arrest, he moved house on a regular basis.
The arrest was made by Spanish police with the support of the National Agency for Crime of the United Kingdom.