Man handed community order for child sex crimes

A 28-YEAR-OLD who pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of a child and inciting sexual activity with someone aged under 16 has been handed a community order.

A 28-YEAR-OLD who pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of a child and inciting sexual activity with someone aged under 16 has been handed a community order.

Sammer Patankar, who was previously registered as living at an address in Manchester, committed the offences in collaboration with former Sandford Primary School teacher Lynda Forster earlier this year.

Patankar was given a three year community order when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.

Forster of Jones Close in Yatton was last month handed a two-year community order after admitting to inciting sexual activity with a 13-year-old.


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The mother-of-two's friend discovered evidence of an internet conversation on her computer between the pair and a 13-year-old girl.

But Ignatius Hughes, defending, told the court police inquires showed 'Donna' was more likely to be a middle aged man than a vulnerable 13-year-old girl experimenting in chat rooms.

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Forster was suspended from her job at Sandford Primary School after she was arrested. Officers carried out an investigation earlier this year and confirmed the offences were not linked to the school or any pupil there.

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