Search

Former school worker from Kenton jailed for child sex offences

PUBLISHED: 08:19 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21 11 April 2017

Stephen Thomas. (Photo: Met Police)

Stephen Thomas. (Photo: Met Police)

Archant

A former school worker has been jailed for 17 years over a string of sex offences committed against two underage girls.

Stephen Thomas, 30, of Sedgecombe Avenue, began a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl, from Hounslow, back in January 2015.

The girl’s father grew suspicious after spotting messages on her Facebook account and eventually caught Thomas assaulting her on June 8 of the same year.

Thomas was arrested that day and bailed pending further enquiries.

During the course of the investigation it was reported that Thomas previously had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl who was a pupil at the Hounslow school where he worked in 2008.

He was no longer working there when he began assaulting his most recent victim.

Following a two-week trial, Thomas was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of rape and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity with a child in relation to the most recent victim.

He was also convicted of a further two counts of sexual activity with a child relating to the 2008 relationship at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday January 20.

Thomas was today jailed for 17 years at the same court.

Detective Constable Phil Cotter, investigating officer from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “These offences committed by Thomas are of an extremely serious nature and have had a significant impact on the lives of the victims and their family.

“He committed these offences whilst in a position of trust and manipulated the victims to satisfy his own means.

“I hope the sentence gives the victims and their family some sort of closure for what has been a horrendous ordeal.”

An NSPCC spokeswoman said: “Thomas has shown himself to be a danger to children and we hope he receives rehabilitation while in prison to minimise the threat he poses on his release.

“His actions will have had a hugely damaging effect on his young victims and we hope they are receiving the support they need to recover.

“To educate children about abuse before it starts, NSPCC volunteers deliver hundreds of assemblies and workshops to children so they can spot the signs of abuse and know who to go to for help.

“Last year we spoke to 1,809 children in 16 schools in Brent.”

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

14:05

A Wembley mother who was spared jail for posting Islamic State propaganda on Facebook is to have her sentenced challenged by the Attorney General.

A man has admitted ploughing into two Brent police officers in a sports car, leaving one critically injured.

Yesterday, 19:05

Supermarket chiefs in Wembley are being served a notice to sort out persistent noise made in its car park following seven years of complaints by residents.

Yesterday, 18:40

An 86-year-old pensioner who went missing from Willesden has been found.

Yesterday, 16:19

Health chiefs in Brent are urging people to avoid going to hospital if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms in order to protect other patients.

Yesterday, 11:37

A Neasden motorist is appealing a fine claiming a ticket was issued when a “no right turn” sign was either not visible or missing in Queen’s Park.

Yesterday, 11:12

Environmental officers are investigating whether leaking paint during a devastating factory blaze has contaminated the Welsh Harp reservoir.

Tue, 16:53

Police are appealing for help in finding a missing 86-year-old woman from Willesden who has dementia.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Louise McGowan, who started as headmistress of Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in September, speaks to education editor James Scott about life at the school.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now