Ex-teacher jailed for ten months for ‘appalling’ child sex offences

Chelmsford Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

Chelmsford Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Lucy taylor

A former teacher who pleaded guilty to child sex abuse charges in an Essex court today has been jailed.

A former teacher who pleaded guilty to child sex abuse charges in an Essex court today has been jailed.

Neal McGowan, 54, who lives in Dickonsfield, Edinburgh was arrested by Essex Police in March 2016.

He appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today and plead guilty to two counts of abusing a position of trust by causing or inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17 and two counts of making indecent images of a child.

The offences were committed between January and March 2016.


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McGowan was sentenced to 10 months in prison and signed the sex offender’s register for 10 years.

Investigating officer Dc Jeanine Atkins-Calver said after the hearing: “The crimes have had a significant impact on the victim and his family. McGowan abused a position of trust and preyed on a vulnerable boy.”

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An NSPCC spokesperson for the East of England said: “As a headteacher McGowan had a duty to protect children but instead he carried out appalling child sex offences. Abuse ruins childhoods and its effects can last long into adult life so it is right that he is now behind bars where he cannot harm others. We hope McGowan’s victim is now receiving all available support. It is vital that all victims of abuse feel confident to speak out about their attackers and receive justice for the crimes carried out against them.”

Adults concerned about the welfare of a child or non-recent abuse can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 and children can contact Childline on 0800 1111.

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