‘He watched children being raped for his pleasure’: Teacher jailed after being caught with 4,393 indecent images
A geography teacher has been jailed after admitting possessing thousands of indecent images of children, some as young as two.
Married father of three Stuart Robert Rees, 51, wrote to the judge to explain his behaviour, speaking of the material as his “temptress”.
He admitted three counts of possessing indecent photos of a child and one of possessing a photo of a child with a view to distribution, when he appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Monday.
He was also committed for sentence for one count of possessing an indecent image, five of making indecent images and three of possessing extreme images.
None of the photographs related to children at Gwernyfed High School, near Brecon, where he worked as assistant head in the geography department.
Sarah Waters, prosecuting, said police had gone to his home on June 18, 2013, and had recovered computer equipment, which was later found to contain thousands of indecent images.
There were 887 images at category A, the most serious category, 997 at category B, which included a girl aged between two and four, and 2,509 at category C.
There was also a category A movie in a shared folder, which was able to be accessed by anyone with the same software.
“Effectively the world at large,” said Ms Waters.
“People can dip into that hard drive folder and look at it.”
That movie, which was incomplete, possibly as a result of Rees cutting off the downloading, showed a girl aged between seven and nine.
Rees also set up fake personas on social websites, posing as a young girl with access to very young children suggesting that sexual activity had been carried out with babies.
“It is of a particularly indecent, unpleasant and graphic nature,” said Ms Waters.
The court heard that Rees, of Beeches Park, Brecon, had had a distinguished 30-year teaching career, which he had ended on entering his guilty pleas at the magistrates’ court.
He had then gone on to work as a delivery driver for Asda and since giving up that work, when he was due to be sentenced last year, had been involved in a charitable organisation – which he asked not to be made public in court.
Ruth Smith, defending, said that he had been a respected member of the community, involved in the Mid Wales Orienteering Society and had always carried out charity work.
“He has lost his character and reputation. That has had an immense impact not only on him but his family,” said Ms Smith.
“That is a matter which weighs very heavily on him.”
She said that he had the continued support of his wife but his appalled daughters had cut him out of their lives,
Ms Smith said: “[Ree’s wife] has also lost her employment as a result of his actions. She was also involved in the teaching profession.
“They have become pariahs because of this.”
She told the court he had paid privately for help to try to deal with the offending he called “abhorrent”.
Rees wrote to the court detailing the thanks he had received as a teacher.
“You speak of the people who had thanked you. There are thousands of children across the world who would not feel so positively about you,” said Judge Thomas Crowther QC.
“What is mystifying is that a man with such obvious intelligence and insight would want to return to watch real children being raped for his pleasure. For it is men like you who sneak away to furtively watch this stuff that creates demand.
“Nobody collects four and a half thousand of anything unless they are interested.”
Rees was jailed for 16 months and made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order limiting his use of the internet.
He will also have to sign as a sex offender for 10 years.