A Derby teacher sent videos of himself performing sex acts to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Daniel Stevenson, who taught at Derby Moor Academy in Littleover, contacted the girl’s profile on social media site Kik in October, last year.
For the next two weeks he communicated with her, saying in messages how speaking to people her age made him “aroused”.
He also sent pictures, videos and voice messages of him touching himself sexually.
However, the 52-year-old was actually speaking to a group of self-styled paedophile hunters called the Innocent Voices Team, who passed the chat logs and images onto the police.
Sarah Slater, prosecuting, told a sentencing hearing at Derby Crown Court that Stevenson initially contacted the profile on October 14, last year.
“He tells her he is a teacher,” she said,
“He confirmed he enjoys talking to younger girls – he is aroused by it.”
Miss Slater said he sent photos of his private parts to her, and sent a video and also a voice message where he is committing sexual atcs while talking to her.
Miss Slater said it was “a two-week period where he’s talking to somebody he thinks is a 14-year-old girl”.
He was reported to the police by the Innocent Voices Team on October 31, who subsequently arrested him.
Stevenson, of Cranmer Street, Long Eaton, was later charged with and pleaded guilty to attempted sexual communication with a child.
David Outterside, mitigating, said: “The only question is whether or not this inevitable prison sentence is capable of being suspended or not.
“He feels appalled with himself and is ashamed by his actions.”
In the hearing on Wednesday, October 13, Judge Shaun Smith said this was a “particularly serious case of this type”.
“Everybody who speaks of you speaks incredibly highly of you and are completely shocked that you would engage in this type of behaviour,” he said.
Judge Smith said that there were mitigating factors including Stevenson’s previous good character and his charity work during the Covid pandemic.
He added that the defendant had referred himself to the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a charity dedicated to preventing child sex abuse, following his arrest and had accessed psychological therapy services.
“It seems to me that you have demonstrated already that there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation,” he said.
Judge Smith imposed a sentence of eight months imprisonment suspended for 21 months, meaning Stevenson walked free from Derby Crown Court.
He also ordered him to undergo 30 rehabilitation activity requirement sessions, undertake 240 hours of unpaid work and imposed a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.
A spokesperson for Spencer Academies Trist, which runs Derby Moor Academy, said: “Safeguarding takes the highest priority at Spencer Academies Trust.
“We can confirm that Mr Stevenson was employed as a teacher at Derby Moor Spencer Academy until his dismissal on March 30, 2021.”