Update: Now living on Christopher Close, Wollaton, Nottingham

May 2016

Pervert teacher smirks as he avoids jail for downloading almost 2,000 sickening child abuse images


A pervert teacher who was caught with almost 2,000 horrific child abuse images was seen grinning as he left court having avoided jail.

Jonathan Horenfeld would scour the internet at night and download hundreds of sickening images.

Although there is no suggestion he offended against any children he taught, the fiend would access vile peer-to-peer sharing websites where other child sex beasts would share abuse images.

Horenfeld, who was a trusted geography teacher at Harrytown Catholic High School in Romiley, Stockport, had his double life exposed after police raided his home in May last year.

Two laptops and two hard drives containing nearly 2,000 child abuse images were recovered after police investigating these sites followed an electronic trail which led them to Horenfeld’s door.

Prosecutor Simon Barrett told a Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing that Horenfeld had stolen one of the hard drives he was using from a colleague who had left it in a classroom.

Horenfeld will no longer be able to teach following his conviction

Horenfeld, who has been sacked by Harrytown High, was jailed by magistrates at an earlier hearing for 12 weeks for the theft. But the 25-year-old, of Signal Close, Eccles, was spared jail and sent on a sex offenders’ treatment programme after admitting 12 offences of making indecent images of children at Manchester Crown Court.

He laughed and joked as he left court.

Mr Horenfield trained as a teacher and worked as a teacher, but that profession is no longer open to him due to these offences.

Sentencing him to three-year community order, with a 60 day rehabilitation activity requirement, Judge Michael Henshell also made him subject to a sexual offences prevention order which restricts his contact with children and internet use.

The judge told Horenfeld: “Offences involving pornographic images of children are regarded by members of the general public as revolting.

“Fortunately most people in day to day life never come across these images, never have to look at them and don’t realise quite how revolting they are.

“Of course you do – it became an addiction for you to look at these images.