October 2007

Lecturer guilty after child sexual abuse images discovery

A RUBERY lecturer has been convicted of downloading more than 200 pornographic images of children onto college computers and his own laptop.

Ian Duffy, 34, of Hobacre Close, Rubery, had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to 11 charges of making indecent images of children.

Duffy, a lecturer and curriculum manager at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, claimed he was being set up by his wife and a work colleague for whom she had left him.

The jury found him not guilty of ten charges relating to individual indecent images of children which were all downloaded later on the day his wife told him that she was leaving him.

But Duffy was found guilty of the 11th charge relating to making 247 indecent images between April 2005 and March last year.

Prosecutor Andrew Tucker said that Duffy worked at the college’s Nuneaton site, as did Andrew Adams. Mr Adams became a good friend of Duffy and his wife Christine.

In January last year Mr Adams suffered a heart attack, and as he recovered Christine Duffy started an affair with him which came into the open on March 10 when she told her husband and left the matrimonial home.

On March 24 the college computer technical services manager was told that space on one of the computer servers was running low.

He began trying to find files which should not have been there so he could delete them, such as downloaded music.

But when he arrived at Duffy’s area of the system he discovered a series of folders.

He opened them to find a folder called Lolitas and realised the pornography related to children, so reported it to the vice-principal and the police were called.

Joseph Lewis, defending, pointed out that Christine, now Christine Amos-Adams, received a police caution in 1998 when she was 22 for having sex with a 15-year-old boy, as a result of which she was put on the sex offenders’ register.

Christine, who told the court she and Duffy used to go to “swinging clubs”, denied it was her who wanted to watch pornography.

After the jury returned its verdicts the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. Duffy was granted bail.