A former school engagement officer has been jailed for child sexual offences.
Darryl Moffatt, 30, downloaded material from social media and the internet and was involved in a series of sexual messages, online chats and meetings with boys as young as 14.
Moffatt was previously employed as a school partnership engagement officer for The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), a role which was being transitioned to sit within the Violence Reduction Unit.
Between September 2017 and June 2020 he worked with secondary schools across Birmingham to commission activities designed to steer young people away from crime.
After his arrest last June, he was immediately suspended from his role and his contract was not renewed.
All the secondary schools where Moffatt worked were kept informed of the investigation.
Moffatt, of Short Heath Road, Erdington, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photos of a child, one count of distributing an indecent image of a child, two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and one count of attempting to cause or incite a boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity in December.
He was jailed for two years and eight months at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (Feb 22).
He will also be subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years and will be placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Batey, from West Midlands Police public protection unit, said: “Moffatt’s actions were deplorable.
“He has abused his position of trust and should have understood the impact his actions will have had on those involved.
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“All secondary schools that Moffatt was in contact with as part of his role have been kept fully updated throughout our investigation as we recognise the difficulties and concerns that this may have caused.
“This behaviour is not acceptable, we’re committed to finding those perpetrating such crimes against children, and seeking justice.
“I’d urge anyone who has suffered from this type of abuse to come forward and report what has happened.
“We have specialist officers available to support you.”
A statement from the Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner read: “The crimes he has been found guilty of are not connected to his work. Nonetheless the shock and disappointment that people feel are shared by us. The gravity of his crimes should not be understated.
“We are all deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded.Throughout the investigation we have worked closely with the police, local authorities and schools to ensure the safety and well-being of students and young people.”
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