High school drama teacher jailed for three years

Delroy James indecently assaulted three students

  A high school drama teacher has been sentenced to three years behind bars for indecently assaulting three of his male students. 

Delroy James, 33, admitted to a string of sexual offenses, including convincing two of the boys to let him measure their private parts and persuading one pupil to send him a picture of his penis. 

Passing sentence on Wednesday, Justice Charles Quin, asked for a psychiatric evaluation of James and raised concerns about the lack of provision in the Cayman Islands for dealing with sexual offenders.  

He said, “It is regrettable that the Cayman Islands does not have an intervention program for sexual offenses and the victims of such offenses, which would significantly assist in the work that must be done with offenders to deter them from recommitting these offenses. 

“It is a matter of some urgency that such programs are introduced and made available to the inmates of Northward Prison,” he added. 

Justice Quin said James had breached the trust that was supposed to exist between teacher and student. 

He said the teacher, who admitted showing pornography to two pupils and instructing one boy to expose himself and demonstrate how to put on a condom, had groomed the boys over a period of several months. 

“The offenses took place in the confines of the school environment, a place that should be a safe haven for students,” he added. 

He said James was in a position of authority and the children initially would have believed his instructions should be obeyed. 

Justice Quin added, “While this court acknowledges that these offenses cannot be said to be among the most extreme of their kind, the court must take into account the possible long-term effects on the lives of the three boys.” 

He said James, who is married with a young son, should have been aware of the damaging affect his actions could have. He said he had given the teacher credit for entering guilty pleas to the offenses, one count of gross indecency, three counts of indecent assault of a male and one of possession of an indecent photograph of a child.  

James was sentenced to two years in prison for the indecent assaults, three years for the gross indecency and one year for the photograph, with the sentences to run concurrently.  

The judge added, “I order that while in custody the defendant has psychiatric analysis in relation to these offenses and recommendations, if there are any, in relation to treatment be carried out.” 

James has been remanded in custody since June last year.