ALFRETON: Police describe pervert teacher’s offences as sophisticated

From the courts
From the courts

POLICE have described how a pervert teacher was involved in a sophisticated pre-planned scheme to capture indecent images of adults and children.

Nottingham Crown Court heard on Tuesday, March 12, how Alfreton teacher Russell Singleton, 56, admitted 21 offences of indecency against 11 females including eight schoolgirls and abused his position of trust while working at Alfreton Grange Arts College, formerly known as Mortimer Wilson secondary school.

Det Sgt Toby Fawcett-Greaves, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Singleton acted alone in what was a sophisticated pre-planned scheme to capture indecent images of adults and children for his own sexual gratification.

“We welcome the guilty plea to all offences which has prevented his victims having to relive the ordeal in court.”

Singleton, of Lawn Close, Heanor, was charged with 11 counts of taking or making indecent photographs of eight girls aged between 13 and 17 years and seven counts of sexual activity with a girl while she was aged 15 and 16.

The court also heard how Singleton was charged with three offences of voyeurism by recording private acts for sexual gratification relating to images of females aged between 17 and 23 using a toilet or shower on dates between 2005 and December 2011.

The various offences are alleged to have taken place at Alfreton, Heanor and Swanwick.

Singleton originally entered no pleas at Chesterfield magistrates’ court in November, last year, but pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday to all the original charges.

His case has been adjourned for sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court on April 22 and it has been reserved for Judge Michael Stokes QC.

Singleton was granted conditional bail providing he has no contact with the complainants, current or former Alfreton Grange School female pupils and no unsupervised contact with anyone aged under the age of 18.

Det Sgt Fawcett-Greaves added: “This has been a long and determined investigation and it is a true testament to the courage of the victims who came forward.

“We worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to bring this man to court and we hope his victims will now be able to put this behind them.”

The pupils cannot be identified for legal reasons.