Teaching assistant caught breaching court order by chatting to boy, 14

Teaching assistant, 29, who was jailed for sending sexually explicit photos to two male pupils is caught breaching court order by chatting to boy, 14, on Snapchat after his release from prison

  • Kieran Cotterill, 29, was jailed last year for messaging two school pupils
  • He had sent the boys, aged 13 and 14, naked selfies of him pleasuring himself
  • He was released in December but contacted a third boy on Snapchat in April
  • Court heard the boy, 14, screenshotted photo and showed his teachers who recognised him as former staff member
  • Cotterill was returned to jail to complete previous sentence and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years

A disgraced teaching assistant who was jailed for targeting two school boys online has been caught chatting to a third after he was released from prison early.

Kieran Cotterill was sacked from a special needs school last year after he sent indecent images to two pupils, who were aged 13 and 14.

The 29-year-old, from Oldham, was released from prison in December after serving part of 20-month sentence.

However, a court heard he then downloaded Snapchat and used the quick add feature – which randomly suggests he contact users based on mutual friends – to communicate with a third boy who was also one of his former pupils.

During the exchanges the 14-year old boy claimed Cotterill, had falsely told him he was 15, said his name was Brandon and asked for pictures.

Teaching assistant Kieran Cotterill, 29, used the Snapchat quick add app to contact a 14-year old boy who went to a school he was sacked from and sent him messages asking for photos, a court heard

Cotterill was then taken back to jail and ordered to serve the remainder of his sentence after the boy told his teachers and showed them the messages.

He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which banned him from communicating with children but he denied making any indecent overtures towards the unnamed boy.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Cotterill faced a further period behind bars for breaching the SHPO but was given nine months jail suspended for two years and was sent on the Government’s Horizon programme for convicted sex offenders.

Police are still analysing his phone to establish whether there were any other possible illicit communications.

The court heard Cotterill, from Hathershaw, Oldham had been jailed for 20 months in February last year after he was found guilty of engaging in sexual communication with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He had befriended two pupils aged 13 and 14 years old at the school – which cannot be named – before grooming and manipulating them by sending them nude selfies of him pleasuring himself telling the lads it was ‘natural and fun.’

Cotterill has previously been sacked from a special needs school last year after he sent indecent images to two pupils, who were aged 13 and 14

Cotterill, who was also a coach for a local youth football team, continued to send sexual messages and images to the boys with the clear intent of engaging them into sexual activity.

The latest offences took place in April after he was released towards the end of December last year.

Miss Juliet Berry prosecuting said: ‘He contacted the boy via Snapchat and purported to be a teenager however when he sent a picture, the boy recognised him as a former teaching assistant at his school.

‘The boy was also aware the defendant had been dismissed from his role following inappropriate conduct towards other pupils.

‘The boy describes how the defendant asked him for pictures of his body but the boy refused and two weeks later disclosed what happened to staff at his school.

‘The boy showed the teachers his phone and they recognised the defendant as a former colleague. 

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Cotterill faced a further period behind bars for breaching the SHPO but was given nine months jail suspended for two years and was sent on the Government’s Horizon programme for convicted sex offenders

‘He described the defendant taking a picture of his stomach. The boy did not send any pictures of himself and left the chat.’

The boy is also believed that Cotterill had recognised him when the conversation took place.

Cotterill denied targeting the boy, claiming he had been suggested to download Snapchat while on the gay dating app Grindr.

In a statement he said: ‘Whilst using the Snapchat Quick Add app I spoke to someone for five minutes using my mum’s tablet.

‘I accept I sent a disguised picture of my face because I didn’t know who I was speaking too but I then blocked the user when the app informed me they had screenshotted the image.

He denied claiming he was 15 years old, saying his name was ‘Brandon’, sending the picture of his stomach or having sexualised conversations with the boy.

He continued: ‘I don’t recall teaching the boy at school but I understand he recognised me from the picture I sent. I did not purposely speak to this person – his profile was simply thrown up by the Snapchat quick add application.’

Sentencing Judge Angela Nield ordered Cotterill to sign the Sex Offender Register for ten years and told him: ‘It is agreed that this was not a case of you deliberately targeting an individual at that school.

‘But nevertheless the fact the boy was a pupil at that school, would have led to a heightened awareness on his part and no doubt increased his distress as to who it was who was communicating with him.’ 

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