A TEACHER who used Facebook to prey on a pupil at his school has avoided jail.
Kyle Young was instead placed under supervision and put on the sex offenders’ register for three years.
Young (26), of James Street, Motherwell, admitted sending messages of a sexual nature to a 13-year-old girl in 2011. He was a technology studies teacher at Clyde Valley High School at the time.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard he sent the girl messages calling her ‘stunning’ and ‘sexy’. He asked her to send him photographs.
However, she became alarmed and the school authorities then the police were called in. Young at first claimed his Facebook account had been hacked into.
The court was told the girl had accepted a ‘friend’ request from Young. She did not recognise the name and wanted to find out who it was. Young then started an online conversation with her.
North Lanarkshire Council said Young has not worked for the authority since 2011 and has been reported to the General Teaching Council. It is expected he will be banned from teaching by the disciplinary body.
Passing sentence, Sheriff Thomas Millar acknowledged the conviction would have implications for Young’s career.
He told the accuse: “This is an unusual case and the consequences for you are quite clear. I’m prepared to make a community payback order as recommended in the background reports.
“You will be under supervision for an extended period and you must attend courses when you are requested to.
“You must advise of any change of address or change of employment and will be on the sex offenders’ register for three years because of the nature of the offence.”