December 2016

Swindon Academy teacher who downloaded films of child abuse walks from court


A TEACHER who downloaded hundreds of films of child abuse has walked from court.

Iain Moore was a caught after colleagues at Swindon Academy spotted indecent images of children on his work computer.

But after hearing the 46-year-old’s career lay in tatters and he was taking steps to address his problems a judge imposed a community order.

Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the matter came to light when staff monitoring school laptops found what appeared be indecent images.

A USB drive was recovered and it was found to contain 298 films of child abuse stored on it.

She said 91 of them were in the most serious of the three categories, 94 in the middle band and 113 at the lower end.

On his school laptop officers found 11 images, none in the worst category, with a further six on another computer.

Moore, of Oatlands, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Philip Morris, defending, said his client had never been in trouble with the police before and had now ruined his career as a teacher.

His client has been apart from his wife and children since his arrest, he said, and they hoped at some stage to reconcile.

The matrimonial house is currently on the market and when it is sold he said his client would probably be leaving the Swindon area.

He said the images recovered from the memory stick were on unallocated clusters, he said, meaning they had been deleted.

Analysis of the hardware indicated that the material had not been accessed since 2013, he told the court.

He said Moore had sought help from the Lucy Faithful Foundation, which runs course for sex offenders, and is due to start one in January.

Passing sentence Judge Peter Blair QC said: “I have been persuaded my Mr Morris in his helpful submissions to me that the proper way of dealing with you is by way of a two year community order.

“I am persuaded by your remorse, your lack of convictions at 46, your loss of employment and the lack of opportunity open to you in employment.”

He told him he would have to register as a sex offender for five years and also abide by a sexual harm prevention order restricting his internet use.

And he added: “You are likely to be barred by the disclosure and barring service from working in any capacity with children.”

More will also have to pay £300 costs and a £60 victim surcharge, though his defence was funded by his trade union as he offended at work.

November 2016

Teacher pleads guilty to having indecent images of children on computer

A paedophile teacher was arrested after hundreds of sickening images were found on his school computer.

Iain Moore, 46, from Swindon in Wiltshire, was found to have a memory stick containing 310 photos of which almost 100 fell into the most serious Category A classification.

Moore choked up as he pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing them.

When asked if he was okay to continue by the clerk at Swindon Magistrates’ Court, the teacher – who has now been sacked – nodded and entered his pleas.

He confessed to making 91 Category A images between February 2012 and May 2016 as well as 98 Category B images and 121 category C images.

Chairman of the bench Paul Sample told him: ‘We have come to the view that these are very serious offences’ aggravated by the fact he was a teacher.

He added: ‘You held a position of trust with young people and you breached that trust when young people were in school.

‘This makes the offence more serious and really puts it out of our powers of punishment.

‘We do not believe that this court has the level of punishment available to it on this occasion.

‘The offences are so great you need greater punishment than we can give.’

Prosecutor Paula Mulhern told the court that at the time of the offences, Moore had been a teacher at Swindon Academy in Wiltshire, which teaches children aged three to 19.

The case was passed to Swindon Crown Court, where Moore will be sentenced at a hearing on a date to be fixed.

He remains on conditional bail and was required to register as a sex offender and banned from having unsupervised contact with children.