A teaching assistant who texted indecent images of himself to a girl pupil at a South Yorkshire school and then started a sexual relationship with her has been jailed for three years.
Samuel Bradley, aged 23, chatted up his 16-year-old victim on Facebook, then swapped naked images of himself - some sent under the desk in class.
The pair met for secret trysts away from the Rotherham school premises and had a ‘consensual’ sexual relationship.
But Bradley, of Marbeck Close, Dinnington, also admitted sending indecent pictures of himself to two other teenage girls.
He pleaded guilty to eight offences at Sheffield Crown Court relating to three victims.
He admitted sexual activity with a child between 2011 and 2012, three counts of making indecent images, two counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust, and two of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The offences came to light after the girl’s parents contacted police.
Bradley had 40 indecent images of his young victims in his possession.
Detective Inspector Mark Monteiro, in charge of public protection in Rotherham, said: “The sexual contact took place off school premises but some of the texting was going on under the desk in the classroom.
“He had worked at the school for some time and used his charisma to engage in inappropriate conduct with children.
“This is a clear case of child sexual exploitation and a teaching assistant abusing his position of trust.
“I would urge anybody who has been a victim of similar behaviour to come forward and talk to our specially trained officers.”
Bradley must sign the sex offenders’ register and is banned from working with children.
Det Con Gareth Gent, who led the investigation, said: “We will continue to track down and prosecute anyone who commits crimes against children.”