February 2023

Scots teacher facing jail after he admits sending homemade pornography to pupils

A Scottish schoolteacher is facing jail after he sent homemade pornography to pupils. 

Michael Wallis, who taught P.E, sent images of himself naked with a woman to three boys who attended a Scots school.

He also sent explicit messages to the youngsters, aged 14, 15 and 15, and indecent messages and video to another teacher. 

Greenock Sheriff Court heard Wallis also made derogatory comments about the woman in the videos he sent in messages to his victims.

He then ordered the two older boys to delete the messages and videos after sending them through messaging app Messenger.

But the offences were reported to police and Wallis landed in the dock last week. The disgraced teacher admitted to the incidents, pleading guilty to all four charges he faced – one in relation to each victim.

Wallis, 49, painted himself as a selfless teacher who raised thousands of pounds for charity. In June 2020, he walked walked 150 miles in five days, raising £2,360.

He targeted the four victims between October 30 and November 16, 2022, whilst working within Argyll and Bute.

Each charge said he “did send, by means of a public electronic communications network… messages and videos of an indecent and sexual nature”.

The charges were brought under Section 127(1)(a) of the Communications Act 2003.

Defence lawyer Alan Rodgers told Sheriff Michael Higgins that Wallis had sent the videos and messages due to “bravado” and asked for him not to be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

But the judge ruled the offences had a significant sexual element and placed him on the register.

He called for background reports to be prepared on Wallis, whose address was given on court papers as the Derbyshire village of Little Eaton, and deferred sentence until next month.

He was released on bail with special conditions, banning him from having “any contact with any child under the age of 16 years of age” unless it is “inadvertent and unavoidable” in normal daily life.

Wallis could be jailed for as long as six months or fined as much as £5,000 when he returns to the dock to learn his fate. It’s understood Wallis was employed by Argyll and Bute Council at the time of the offences.