Bangkok English teacher jailed for child abuse offences

A TWISTED music teacher has been jailed for five years after plotting to sexually abuse Filipino girls as young as four.

James Alexander, 42, sent money to known facilitators from Thailand who live-streamed child sexual abuse from Illigan City.

Leeds Crown Court heard the part-time DJ asked for images of girls aged nine and six “posing in a certain way” and asked what the youngest “would do with him”, BBC reports.

There was no evidence he travelled to the Philippines but he asked mothers for photos of their children and told one he wanted to abuse her four-year-old daughter.

In one conversation, he discussed meeting young girls in a hotel and asked the facilitator: “Are you going to bring them both with you and stay also? You’ll show them what to do.”

Alexander, who previously taught in Leeds and Malaysia, was sacked from Bromsgrove International School in Bangkok, after National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators seized his electronic devices.

Investigators found no evidence of him abusing students at the school.

Alexander, who briefly served as a reservist in the Parachute Regiment in 1999, was also handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order which bans foreign travel, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Alexander was arrested on June 30, 2018, at Manchester Airport as he flew into the UK from Thailand where he had lived since 2017.

He admitted one count of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence; three counts of attempting to cause or incite a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, and one count of making an indecent image of a child.

Hazel Stewart, National Crime Agency senior investigating officer, said: “Alexander clearly tried to manipulate and exploit the poverty of the vulnerable in order to gratify his sick sexual desires.

“He believed he could abuse Filipino children safely from his home and wanted to visit the Philippines to carry out the sexual abuse himself.

“The NCA has strong partnerships with law enforcement in the Philippines. We work together to combat this kind of offending.

“We and UK policing will never give up our pursuit of offenders who commit these horrendous crimes.’