Wiltshire Police Child Abuse Investigator Detective Constable Angela Spray said: “Today at Swindon Crown Court, Alexander Thomas, 30, of Queen Elizabeth Drive, Taw Hill, Swindon, has been found guilty of a number of offences relating to inciting children to engage in sexual activity and abusing his position of trust.
“Thomas worked as a secondary school teacher in Wiltshire where he systematically abused the position of trust he was in to prey on vulnerable, underage children for his own sexual gratification.
“Thomas groomed his victims and encouraged them to engage in sexual acts after gaining their confidence and trust.
“He has refused to take any responsibility for his actions and has forced his victims to relieve their suffering and give evidence in court.
“I would urge anyone who has been the victim of any sexual assault to contact Wiltshire Police immediately – we have dedicated officers who are specially trained to help those who have been abused.
“Anyone wishing to report a crime should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.”
Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary, The Gables, Shrivenham Road, Swindon.
The SARC is a dedicated centre offering support to any victim of a sexual assault where trained professionals can provide immediate medical care and treatment, a forensic examination, counselling and onward referral to other necessary services.
The SARC offers a 24-hour helpline on 0808 168 0024 or log onto www.newswindonsanctuary.co.uk
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