Lessness Heath Primary School, Belvedere, Bexley & St Paulinus Primary School, Crayford

NOTE: Adam Higgins’s offences were not committed while he was a teacher at these schools.

Paedophile ex-Ofsted inspector jailed over child sex images and grooming a boy online

A former Ofsted inspector has been jailed for making indecent images of children and grooming a boy online.

Adam Higgins, who worked as a head teacher in the south east London borough of Bexley before moving to the schools watchdog, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court today to two years in prison.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of making indecent images of children and one charge of inciting a boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.

The 48-year-old was arrested by Essex Police in September last year, while he was working for Ofsted. He was suspended from post and resigned two months later.

Higgins, of Maypole Close, Saffron Walden, was prosecuted following an investigation by Essex Police’s online investigation team.

Det Insp Daniel Stoten, of Essex Police’s Crime and Public Protection Command, said today: “This man held a position of trust which makes the fact that he was making indecent images of children and grooming a young boy online even more despicable.

“We conducted a thorough investigation and have found no further evidence other than the offences for which he was charged.”

Standard 08/07/15

Former Bexley primary school teacher guilty of child sex offences

A former Bexley primary school headteacher has pleaded guilty to child sex offences.

Adam Higgins, 48, from Saffron Walden, Essex, taught at St Paulinus Primary School in Crayford in 2000 and then Lessness Heath Primary School in Belvedere until 2007.

He admitted three child sex offences at Chelmsford Crown Court last week – two counts of making indecent photographs of children and one of trying to incite a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity, between June 2013 and September 2014.

Higgins more recently worked for Ofsted as a schools inspector but resigned after his arrest in September last year.

A spokeswoman for Bexley Council said: “The safety of our children and young people is always our main priority.

“Mr Higgins was last employed in the borough nearly five years ago.

“He was subject to the usual rigorous safeguarding checks and no accusations were ever made towards him during his time in Bexley.

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