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.