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Teacher jailed for abducting teenage girl

A teacher who abducted a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook has been jailed for 12 months.

Peter Glynn Jones, of Southport, Merseyside, took the girl back to his home on 27 July last year.

The 57-year-old, who is suspended from his job at Burscough Priory Science College in Lancashire, admitted the abduction charge at an earlier hearing.

At Liverpool Crown Court, his barrister described it as "an abhorrent episode in an otherwise blameless life."

Jones was jailed for a year and ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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A further charge of sexual activity with a child will lie on file because the prosecution offered no evidence.

The court heard Jones was a well respected and well-liked member of staff at his school.

He had met the teenage girl online and became friends with her.

When she mentioned to him she was getting a kitten for her birthday, he invited her to Burscough to meet him and look at pictures of his pet cat.

The pair went for a drink together, before going back to his bungalow on Althorpe Drive where he attempted to hug, kiss and touch her inappropriately.

Judge John Roberts told the court that Jones had admitted to a gross breach of trust.

He said a message had to be sent out that this type of offence should attract an immediate jail sentence.

Mike Forshaw, chairman of governors at Burscough Priory, said: "As soon as these allegations came to light in July, a member of staff at the school was suspended from post. We have worked closely with the police and child protection agencies during their investigation.

"We are grateful for the support we received from all quarters during this time and I am pleased to say that school life has continued as normal."

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