"He tells her she looks great."
The former deputy head of a Birmingham school received a community order after revealing he wanted to join a 13-year-old girl in bed and see her in the shower.
Harminder Brom, who was working at Edgbaston’s George Dixon Academy, believed he was messaging a teenager but it was actually an undercover officer.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Brom first spoke to the undercover officer on the online sit Chatiw on December 15, 2022.
Under the name ‘Brom Deputy Head’, he was told in the chatroom that he was speaking to a 13-year-old girl.
Prosecutor Michael Tanney said that Brom revealed he was a teacher.
The conversation soon moved to Snapchat.
The pair initially exchanged “non-sexualised” photographs, prompting Brom to call the girl “cute” and send an image of his classroom.
Mr Tanney said: “He tells her she looks great.
“He remarks specifically on her being merely 13 and says it’s his very first time corresponding with someone so young.”
Brom said he wanted to give the girl “Christmas hugs to keep her warm” before asking for a picture he said he was “owed”.
The deputy head claimed he “did not do dirty pictures”, adding:
“I just wanted to make that clear.”
Brom suggested that they meet and “watch a movie at a movie party”. While suggesting he liked her, he asked:
“What do you like in a guy?”
He repeatedly asked for a photograph and offered to help the teenager with her maths and computer studies work.
The undercover officer then sent a fully-clothed picture of a girl, with Brom asking if she had “behaved naughtily” at school.
He sent a “non-sexualised” picture of himself and asked if she found him “attractive”.
Brom also offered to buy alcohol for the girl during the meet-up and suggested she take the train to his home.
The undercover officer then sent across a voice note, with Brom responding he liked her Welsh accent.
He asked the girl to make a video introducing herself, film herself while at school and take a “full-bodied” picture for him as a “Christmas present”.
When Brom was told that she was on a bed and was sent a picture of a girl in nightclothes, he said:
“I want to see more now.”
Brom proposed visiting the girl’s home and suggested she “send her mum out” during a voice call between the pair.
It was also heard that he asked for pictures of the girl with no makeup, asked to see her in the shower and wanted a picture of her in front of a mirror.
Mr Tanney said: “He must have known she was 13.”
Jonathan Barker, defending, said Brom’s risk to children was “minimal” and added:
“By virtue of this offence, he lost his job”.
The 37-year-old from Oldbury admitted a charge of attempted sexual communication with a child. He has since lost his deputy head job.
Sentencing, Recorder Warner said Brom’s actions were “very concerning”.
Brom received a two-year community order, with a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement, 180 hours unpaid work, £500 costs and a five-year sexual harm prevention order.