Teacher encouraged rape of three-year-old
Published 05/10/2010 | 05:00
A married deputy head teacher was yesterday jailed for seven years for encouraging and watching the rape of a three-year-old girl.
Respected Patrick Lennon had taught for decades at an all girl school in Merseyside, where he was a regarded as a "pillar of society".
But he had secretly struck up a friendship with two other paedophiles, Joseph John Hawley (38) and Phillip Skitt (54).
On November 16, 2008, the disgraced teacher and Skitt, of Wigan, watched on webcams as Hawley orally raped the little girl.
The duo encouraged Hawley, of Boundary Street, Bolton, by sending him chat room messages.
A trawl of Lennon's computer revealed his horrific encounters with Skitt and Hawley.