Cumbria

Former teacher Gary Baum jailed over relationship with girl

Gary Baum Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption Gary Baum admitted his behaviour had been inappropriate

A former teacher who conducted a secret relationship with a 15-year-old pupil has been jailed for eight months.

Gary Baum, of Penruddock, near Penrith, Cumbria, admitted child abduction and making and taking indecent photographs of a child under 16.

From summer last year, Baum, 57, and the girl had sent each other explicit photographs, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Judge Barbara Forrester told him he had committed a "gross breach of trust".

She said only an immediate prison term would suffice.

'Mid-life crisis'

The abduction charge related to an incident where the girl got into Baum's car during school hours in December 2015 and was taken to his house, Cumbria Police said.

While there was no evidence of a sexual relationship between Baum and the teenager, the court was told he admitted his behaviour had been inappropriate.

Baum and the girl had exchanged innuendo-laden texts and indecent images - some featuring sexual poses, the court heard.

Baum's barrister said her client had been flattered by the contact, felt needed and was suffering a mid-life crisis.

He was sentenced to an eight-month jail term for abduction, four months for taking indecent images and two months for possession of indecent images. All will run concurrently.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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