December 2108

Former teacher jailed for second time over child abuse images

A former teacher jailed for viewing child abuse images was released – and viewed more.

Brian Rafferty was jailed in 2015 after being caught with some 2,000 indecent photos and extreme pornography.

He was teaching English at a school in Lancashire at the time but was immediately suspended when the allegations came to light.

Rafferty’s contract was later terminated when he was jailed for 16 months at Preston Crown Court. None of the offences related to children at the school he taught at.

Authorities checked the grandfather’s computer equipment following his release from prison, and his online search terms related to child abuse material.

Though he had deleted his viewing history, police found nine such images.

Rafferty, 58, of St Georges Square in Redcliffe, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children.

He also admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order by deleting his Internet history.

Judge Martin Picton jailed Rafferty for 14 months at Bristol Crown Court today (December 12). He told Rafferty: “You had a choice and you made the wrong choice.

“That’s what you have chosen to do.

“Your plea is your main mitigation.”

Rafferty, who is barred from working with children and vulnerable adults, was ordered to sign as a sex offender for 10 years.

Gregory Gordon, prosecuting, said police found two images on Rafferty’s laptop computer which were deemed to be in the lowest level of concern, in category C.

On his tablet device there was an image deemed to be in Category A and six images in Category B.

Mr Gordon told Bristol Crown Court: “The images were all inaccessible.

“They had been viewed but not downloaded.

“There were hundreds of computer generated images of children being abused with dialogue suggesting incest.”

Mr Gordon added videos appeared to have been viewed after Internet searches had been done relating to youngsters.

November 2015

Morecambe teacher jailed for having stash of child sex images

Brian Rafferty - Carnforth

A long-serving high school teacher was secretly downloading and peddling shocking images of child abuse at his home.

Brian Rafferty, 54, former head of English at Morecambe Community High School, admitted seven offences relating to indecent images of children and animals.

Police found hundreds of images during a raid in September last year.

Rafferty, of Market Street, Carnforth, was jailed for 16 months at Preston Crown Court.

The divorced grandfather, who taught at Morecambe High for more than 20 years, will be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 10 years banning him from contact with any under 18s, including his grandchildren, and restricting his internet access.

He was suspended from the school last year and has now been sacked.

The case has led to intelligence being passed to investigators in other countries so they can investigate paedophiles.

Prosecuting, Susan Carter told the court some of the images concerned real children being sexually abused.

Others were sickening cartoon images or drawings depicting youngsters being attacked by adults.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing sexual images involving animals.

Rafferty was an English teacher and also taught drama to pupils before the offences came to light.

DC Sarah Chadwick, of Lancaster Police’s public protection unit, said his home had been raided after intelligence had been passed on to the force.

She added: “We seized several different devices containing the offending images including a computer.

“The school suspended him straight away and have cooperated with us throughout.

“None of the offences relate to children at the school.

“However, we have shared information from this investigation with other countries to enable them to investigate similar offences.”

Matthew Auger, head teacher at Morecambe Community High School, said: “Mr Rafferty was suspended from school with immediate effect when the allegations came to light in September 2014.

“His contract of employment was terminated once we were made aware of the sentence.”