An acting principle at a Cambridge private school has pleaded guilty of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 following on-line grooming, after being arrested by Hertfordshire Constabulary on Friday 14th July.
Glyn Knowles, 50 of High Street Puckeridge in Hertfordshire was remanded and put in front of a Judge at Hatfield remand court on Saturday 15th July, where he pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a boy under 16 years of age, following online grooming.
Knowles, who worked at Cambridge International School as an acting Principle and Head of Seniors and Child Protection Officer, and at his previous school as an assistant head at St Frnacis College in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, Will be sentenced for the offence on the 18th August 2017.
Knowles was on leave for the summer holidays when he contacted who was he thought was a young boy on an online app. What he did not know, he was actually talking to a specialist investigator from CSE Interceptors, who alerted the Police and arranged for his arrest. The communication continued over two days when he arranged to visit the boy at his house to engage in sexual activities. When he arrived at the agreed location two Police units followed him and arrested Knowles and took him into custody.
When Knowles started communicating the conversation turned sexual quite quickly and even after being told that the boy was underage, this did not stop him continuing asking for nude pictures and arranging to meet the child.
Parents at the school have been informed of the situation and Safeguarding has been put in place.
Please be aware that this person has been arrested after one or more of our investigators were contacted by them. They thought they were contacting a child under the age of 16. We do not entrap anyone and its the persons choice to meet the person they think is a child. Some cases we are unable to name them straight away due to the CPS requirements. They have been arrested on suspicion, and its down to the CPS to either NFA them or charge them for them to appear in court. If they are charged and the case goes to court, we will publish the entire chat logs, pictures and names of the people involved. If the Police feel they are unlikely to bring conviction against them, it doesn’t mean they are not guilty, and we will then publish the chat logs for the public to see.