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Former teacher behind bars for multiple serious sexual offences against teenage girls in Surrey and online

14 Feb, 2017 14:47 News Behind Bars

A 32-year-old former maths teacher has been sentenced to more than eight years behind bars for multiple serious sexual offences against teenage girls in Godalming, Croydon and online.

 Thomas Gander of Warrington Road appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (Monday, 13 February), where he was ordered to serve eight years and ten months for offences including incitement to engage in sexual activity and child sexual exploitation against five schoolgirls aged between 13 and 17 years. 

After considering the extent and seriousness of the crimes, which happened between April 2013 and November 2015, His Honour Judge Jonathan Black, also gave Gander a three year extended licence, a sexual harm prevention order and ordered a £120 victim surcharge.

Commenting on the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Adam Colwood of Surrey Police Complex Abuse Unit said: “The community should be reassured that a dangerous paedophile has been removed from our streets.  Gander knew exactly what should be undertaken to safeguard youngsters but chose to ignore his professional expertise and deliberately set out to snare and abuse impressionable young girls.

“The online entrapment he used will immediately send out alarm bells to parents and I would encourage adults to be constantly alert and aware to what their children are doing online. Remember it could be one of your family that is lured in by someone similar to this insidious individual.”

Gander admitted to eight of the twelve charges at a previous hearing at the same court on 21 December 2016. The remaining four charges will lie on file. He pleaded guilty to:

·         Four counts of sexual activity with a child
·         Three counts of incite a child to engage in sexual activity
·         Inciting child exploitation


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