A sports coach from Burnley who admitted a string of child sex offences has been jailed for eight years.
Glyn Thompson (32), of Padiham Road, who worked at Stoneyholme Primary School, had pleaded guilty to nine charges involving a girl aged between 13 and 15. The offences took place between 2011 and 2012.
He was also subjected to a sexual offences prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.
Police said Thompson was arrested on July 4th.
The charges included four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child aged between 13 and 15 and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Thompson was reported to the police by concerned staff after the offences came to light.
After the hearing, DC Liz Owens of Lancashire Police said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Thompson given the horrendous ordeal he put his young victim through.
“He took advantage of a young girl and groomed her over a long period of time.
“We will continue to work with other agencies to support her and hope that this sentence will bring her some closure.”
Lisa Davison, headteacher at Stoneyholme Primary School, added she was pleased Thompson had been given a lengthy sentence:
“The safety of our children is of paramount importance to me and my staff. As soon as I received these extremely serious allegations about Glyn Thompson, I reported them to the police. “Mr Thompson was immediately suspended from his role in school and has since been dismissed.
“Stoneyholme Primary has robust child protection procedures in place to deal with this kind of case. I am pleased that this matter has been dealt with so quickly and that Mr Thompson has received a lengthy prison sentence.”