Teacher, 39, facing child sex charges

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A Blackpool primary school teacher has appeared in court accused of sex offences involving a child.

Kevin Christie, 39, of Priestfield, Anchorsholme, near Blackpool, is charged with inciting a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

This offence is alleged to have taken place over the internet via a computer web camera in the Thornton Cleveleys area in January last year.

Christie,a teacher at Baines Endowed Primary in Marton, is also charged with possessing an indecent photograph of a child in March this year.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Defence lawyer, Gerry Coyle, said his client would not indicate pleas to the charges at this stage.

Christie was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on November 7 by Blackpool magistrates.

He must not have any unsupervised contact, except for inadvertent contact, with any child under 16 as a condition of his bail.

Jo Snape, Headteacher of Baines Endowed CE Primary School and Father Christopher Wren, Chair of Governors, said: “We can confirm that an employee has been suspended from the school pending a police investigation.

“While the charges he is facing do not relate to pupils at the school we can understand that parents may feel concern.

“Anyone wishing to speak to either of us can do so by contacting the school.”

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