[A] FORMER teacher has been jailed by a judge after he admitted a child abduction crime.
Carlisle Crown Court heard 57-year-old Gary Baum, previously a man of “positive good character”, had “lost everything” by committing three offences.
These were child abduction, on 9th December, 2015, along with taking and making indecent images of the same child over the course of several months last year.
Baum was sentenced today (FRI) having entered guilty pleas to the charges earlier this month.
Judge Barbara Forrester heard Baum initially lied and was deceitful when his illegal acts were investigated by police.
His criminal conduct was said to have “devastated” his victim’s family.
Judge Forrester admitted she had considered whether an eight-month prison term could be suspended.
“But I have come to the conclusion that this is so serious that the sentence should be served immediately,” the judge told him.
Baum, from Penruddock, near Penrith, must sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, and will be subject to the strict terms of a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.
DS Esther Wood, said: “I am pleased that Baum has been brought before the courts to answer for his actions. His behaviour was completely inappropriate, particularly as at the time of the offences he was in a position of trust. Thankfully cases like these are rare in Cumbria.
“The school have cooperated completely throughout the investigation, and correctly identified the incident on the 9th December and followed their safeguarding protocol by reporting it to us.
“I would like to thank the people who brought this case to our attention, and urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it to the police so we can investigate. Protecting children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.”
Rebecca McGregor, Crown Advocate for North West CPS said: “Today Gary Baum begins a prison sentence for abducting a young girl and taking and possessing indecent images of children.
“As a school teacher, he was in a position of trust within the community and would have been well aware that his actions were wholly unacceptable.
“Young people should be able to look up to adults as future role models. Such offences can have a long lasting impact on their lives, not only at the time but well into their adult lives.
“The Crown Prosecution Service are dedicated to safeguarding children and young people and will continue to work closely with the police and other agencies to bring before the courts anyone who seeks to take advantage or abuse them in anyway.”
His case will also be reported to the independent safeguarding authorities.