29th Jun, 2022

Coventry teacher who exposed himself to 'girl', 13, avoids jail

A Coventry primary school teacher is set to lose his job after trying online to persuade a 13-year-old girl to send him intimate pictures of herself.

Fortunately, father-of-two Timothy Lloyd’s requests could never have come to anything – because in fact the girl did not exist. The ‘chat’ was part of an internet sting.

The disgraced teacher was then arrested after a group of men turned up shouting ‘paedophile’ outside his home late at night, while his wife and children were in bed. They filmed him being arrested and posted it on Facebook.

But Lloyd (32) of Duggins Lane, Tile Hill, Coventry, escaped being jailed when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Instead Lloyd, who is currently living with his parents in Bewell Head, Bromsgrove, was given a three-year community order and was ordered to take part in a sex offender’s programme and a rehabilitation activity.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC also ordered him to pay £425 costs and to register as a sex offender for 15 years, and made him subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.

At the time Lloyd was working as a primary school teacher at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Tile Hill – where he is now due to face a disciplinary hearing and to be sacked.

Prosecutor Angus Robertson said that in July a man named Haggarty set up a chat room profile posing as a 13-year-old girl called Crystal and making a ‘group request.’

Lloyd, using the pseudonym Mark Franklin, responded and was told by Crystal that she was 13 and that he mother was a nurse who worked nights, sometimes leaving her at home alone.

“A few days later the defendant provided Crystal with his mobile number, and over the ensuing four months or so, online conversations were carried out between them.

“She regularly referred to the fact that she was 13 and went to school, and she later said she had just had her birthday and was now 14. Later in the conversation the defendant repeatedly asked for photographs.”

In fact the only picture sent to Lloyd was of an unknown girl’s face, with bare shoulders – but he sent intimate pictures of his genitals and bottom.

After Lloyd disclosed that he was to take part in the Birmingham half marathon last month, Mr Haggarty worked out that he would be travelling via Tile Hill station and planned to confront him there.

He changed his mind when he saw Lloyd was with his wife and children – but then turned up with others at Lloyd’s home at just after 11pm after following him there.

The police were contacted and Lloyd was then arrested and admitted communicating with ‘Crystal,’ claiming he believed from her profile picture that she was 15 or 16.

“He said he liked to have sexual conversations with others as a fantasy, but not for sexual gratification, and he agreed Crystal had told him she was 13 and then 14 years of age,” added Mr Robertson.

David Mason QC, defending, argued: “It may be Your Honour might take the view that the starting point could be a high-level community order.. His career is ruined because of this aberration earlier this year.”

He added Lloyd had been due to receive a pay rise for good performance, and had undergone therapy since his arrest apart from his family.

Sentencing Lloyd, Judge Lockhart told him: “You were arrested, and you were not entirely open about your motives. I am sure you were doing it for some form of sexual excitement.

“I have given this case some anxious consideration. I am just able to say in this case that I can shrink back from a custodial sentence. But if you breach this order, I reserve any breach to myself.”

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