A married former headteacher walked free from court for a second time yesterday.
The 67-year-old, who had a previous conviction of sexually touching a child in 1999 after kissing one of his pupils in a historical case that dated back to the early 1980s, was back in court after police found thousands of child abuse images in his possession.
Police officers raided the man’s home on April 27 after being alerted by peer-to-peer file-sharing software companies and subsequently found 912 category A images – the worst level – 622 category B images, 1,268 category C images as well as two extreme pornographic images involving a dog and a horse on his electronic equipment.
Two Samsung Galaxy phones were also seized by police on which they found WhatsApp messages indicating he had shown interest in a nine-year-old child he was sponsoring from Kenya.
Guildford Crown Court heard that he was also found with 12 cartoon indecent images of children on two hard drives and a computer.
The former teacher, who had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at the Magistrates’ Court to five offences relating to indecent images of children, was handed a three-year community order and ordered to carry out a 100-day treatment program in addition to paying costs of £480.
He was also given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, restricting his use of the internet and banning him from travelling to Kenya as well as being made to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for a decade.
His seized hard drives and computer were due to be destroyed but he was allowed to have his two Samsung Galaxy phones returned by the police.