A school caretaker has been cleared of having sex with a pupil at the school in Birmingham where he works.
Lawrence Young was found not guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, two charges of indecency with a child, five other serious sexual offences and assault.
However after Mr Young left the court dock Judge Nicholas Webb expressed “concern” about what had been found on his mobile phone and said the school should carry out an inquiry to decide whether Mr Young could carry on with his job.
He said: “Having heard all the evidence that does not mean there should not be an inquiry.
“There are serious questions that need to be investigated.
“I say that for the benefit of the school having heard about what was on his phone.
“The jury have not heard all that was on his phone. He may or may not go back to his job.
“Without a proper inquiry I think it would cause considerable concern to a lot of parents.”
The court heard that Mr Young worked as a caretaker at Great Barr School in Aldridge Road.
It was alleged that between 2002 and 2006 he had sexually exploited a girl who was then aged between 12 and 15 and that they had had sex in rooms at the school.
Sexual activity, it was claimed, also took place in Mr Young’s car and a lift.
Andrew Jackson prosecuting said Mr Young had also taken pictures of the girl’s breasts and that when he was arrested police found more than 150 pictures of women’s breasts on his phone.
Mr Young, 47, of Perrywood Road, Great Barr, had denied all the charges against him.
He said he did not have sex with children and did not know why the allegations had been made.
After his acquittal he was hugged by cheering family and friends who had packed the public gallery.