Former Corby teaching assistant charged with online grooming of boys

Emergency services were called to the man last Thursday (April 6)

Emergency services were called to the man last Thursday (April 6)

A Corby school has confirmed that one of its former teaching assistants has been charged with offences relating to the online grooming of boys.

Northants Police yesterday said Stuart Baker, 40, formerly of Kettering, faces 10 charges of inciting children to engage in sexual activity and a further five allegations relating to the making and distribution of indecent images of children.

A letter from Corby Business Academy to parents says: “It is our sad duty to inform you that a former member of staff, Stuart Baker, has been charged by Northamptonshire Police with a number of offences relating to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity via a fake Facebook account and to the making and distribution of indecent images of children.

“Please note that the ‘making’ offence refers to the fact that a computer “makes” a copy of an image when it is viewed by the user in order to display it on the computer screen, it does not mean that someone has taken any images themselves.

“We would like to reassure you that the Academy has co-operated fully with the police investigation and will continue to do so.

“There are no suggestions that any of the offences took place at the school, or using school computers and none of the charges relate to physical offences against children.

“As soon as these allegations were brought to our attention, the member of staff concerned was suspended and subsequently dismissed.

“We wanted to inform you about this matter as soon as we could.

“However, we were not permitted to share the details of the investigation prior to any charges being brought by Northamptonshire Police.

“We have the full support of Northamptonshire County Council, which is satisfied we have taken every precaution possible to safeguard our students.”

Baker will appear before Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 26.