A 'PREDATORY' 25-year-old man who tried to sexually assault a child while working at a school has been jailed for two years.

Calum O’Reilly-Timms, of North Street, Martock, followed an eight-year-old boy into the toilets at a school in Berkshire on August 5 last year and asked if he could touch him inappropriately.

O’Reilly-Timms, who pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children, asked “an inappropriate question” of a second boy, also aged eight, who entered the toilet, according to Thames Valley Police.

At Reading Crown Court on Friday (September 30), he was found guilty of one count of inciting a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of attempted sexual assault of a child aged under 13 and one count of causing or inciting a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

“These were extremely shocking incidents carried out by an opportunistic and predatory man,” said Detective Constable Robert Chevalier, of Bracknell and Wokingham CID.

“Although very young, both his victims provided officers with detailed descriptions of what O’Reilly-Timms had said and done, which enabled us to identify him and arrest him quickly following the incidents.

“I would like to thank them and their families for their support of our investigation, and I hope that this case demonstrates how seriously these allegations are taken, how thoroughly they will be investigated and how important the safeguarding of victims is to Thames Valley Police.”

The victims both separately reported the incidents to their parents, prompting police to launch an investigation and arrest O’Reilly-Timms, who was a contractor at the school, on August 6, 2021.

During the investigation, various devices belonging to O’Reilly-Timms were seized and he was found to be in possession of indecent images of children.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children.

O’Reilly-Timms has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and is subject to a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

He has been banned from working with children.