April 2022

Former Bedford teacher jailed for multiple sex offences against a child

A 51-year-old former teacher from Bedford has been sentenced to four years behind bars and has been handed a lifelong sexual harm prevention order for plotting to commit sexual offences against a nine year old girl

Ian Stockdale, of Haynes Road, Bedford, was charged with one count of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, two counts of making indecent photographs of children and one count of possessing indecent photographs of children.

He was sentenced at Luton Crown Court last month after pleading guilty to all offences.

The ex-teacher came to the attention of Bedfordshire Police after he engaged in conversations with a woman on social media regarding sexually abusing her nine-year-old daughter.

The woman he was engaging with was an undercover officer from Bedfordshire Police’s Cyber Hub Team.

Stockdale went as far as suggesting what acts the woman could perform on the child and he then proceeded to discuss meeting with the woman and her child to commit sexual offences against the child.

He had arranged to meet the woman on 17 July 2021, however, due to the significant threat he posed to children as a then teacher at a secondary school in Bedford, officers decided to arrest him prior to the meeting at his home address on 14 July 2021.

Officers seized a number of devices from his address which identified numerous explicit photos of children and explicit conversations about sexually abusing children.