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Paedophile Teacher Spared Jail For Second Time

14/08/2014 16:47 | Updated 22 May 2015
Paedophile teacher spared jail for second time

A mum has told her local paper of her fury after a paedophile teacher avoided a jail sentence for a second time.

Stephen Tait, 30, was found guilty last year of molesting two boys aged six and seven, but was not given a custodial sentence. Yesterday (Thursday) he dodged another jail sentence when he was found guilty of having child porn images on his computer.

The mum of the six-year-old Tait molested said it was outrageous he had not been sent to prison.

"It seems it's acceptable to be a paedophile in Fife because you just get a slap on the wrists," she told the Daily Record. "It's all been about him and the help he needs. We had to fight to get any support for the boys."

She said her child had 'completely changed' since Tait's sickening attack and that he has panic attacks and is 'petrified' of bumping into his abuser. She said she did not know how to break it to the children that Tait would not be put behind bars.

Tait had been found guilty of molesting the two little boys on his first day as a supply teacher at a school in Fife last year. When officers investigated the assaults, they discovered vile child porn on his computer. Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard that 57 images had been found.

Tait entered a guilty plea to having the images and was sentenced to carry out unpaid community work along with a three-year supervision order. He was also ordered to attend a sex offenders' programme for two years.

Sheriff Alistair Thornton told Tait that a social work report 'indicates that a prison sentence may not provide the best way of dealing with your behaviours and attitudes' and that it would 'interrupt the constructive work started with you already'.

The disgraced teacher was also banned from unsupervised contact with under-16s, and accessing the internet for three years.

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