October 2016

Teacher pleads guilty to possessing indecent images of children


A teacher from Northamptonshire has pleaded guilty to a catalogue of offences, most of which relate to possessing indecent images of children.

Phillip Allen, aged 48 and from Potterspury, appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court today (Monday) to face seven charges.

The RE teacher, who had taught at Shenley Brook End school in Milton Keynes, was charged with making 255 indecent images of children.

Out of all the images, 172 fell into Category A – the most extreme kind – followed by 46 in Category B and 37 in Category C.

Mr Allen – who appeared at Magistrates in a dark suit and tie – was also charged with possessing two prohibited images.

He pleaded guilty to all charges.

Prosecuting, Jerena Tomaszewska told the court the images were found on three devices – including Mr Allen’s laptop, iPad and an external hard-drive – after police officers raided the house he shares with his wife in June this year.

Magistrates’ then sent the case to Northampton Crown Court, where Mr Allen will be sentenced on November 11.

He has been granted conditional bail, on the condition that he does not come into unsupervised contact with under the age of 18.

Mr Allen, who has frequently written for the Times Educational Supplement as a prominent figure in religious education, was told he could receive a custodial sentence of up to one year for all the crimes