Paedophile teacher who preyed on girl online jailed for five years

A paedophile teacher who preyed on an 11 year-old girl on social media and tried to kiss a female pupil has been jailed for five years.

John Royley, 46, also kept a vile collection of 1,257 indecent images including pictures in category A, the most serious.

Royley, from Leicester, was arrested after a former pupil told police that he tried to ‘kiss and cuddle’ her during a one-to-one tutoring session.

Police raided his home where they seized his iPad, laptop and mobile phone, all full of indecent images of children. 

John Royley, 46, has been jailed for five years after admitting a number of child sex offences 

(File Photo) Royley was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court after police found over 1,000 indecent images of children on his hard drive

Royley tried to cover up his vile crimes by deleting some of the images but officers were able to retrieve them from the devices’ hard drives.

A total of 1,257 indecent images of children were found.Two were category A images, 29 were category B images and 1,226 were category C images.

A further 330 images were found to have been on a device, distributed and then erased. A total of 98 of these images were category A, 65 were category B and 167 were category C.

Officers discovered Royley had used an alias to speak to an 11 year-old girl – whom he did not teach – online.

None of the indecent images were of children who Royley had taught in his role as a supply teacher and private tutor in Leicestershire.

He admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of distributing indecent images of children, one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child and one count of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity – no penetration.

On Monday he was jailed for five years at Leicester Crown Court.

Police Investigating Officer Karen Mason, of Leicestershire Police, said: ‘Thanks to the initial report being made, we were able to fully investigate Royley and uncover who he really was and the horrendous offences he had committed.

‘This conviction has only happened thanks to the true bravery of victims who have spoken with us and to the dedication of the investigative team who remained committed to proving Royley’s crimes.’

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