November 2016

Primary school teacher had 10,000 indecent pictures of children

A teacher caught with more than 10,000 images of children including young children being raped has avoided prison

Scott Paskins, aged 28, worked for two years at a Plymouth primary school in spite of his dark secret, a court heard.

Paskins has since left the unnamed school and is now banned from working with children again after his sentence at Plymouth Crown Court.

Handing him a suspended prison term with sex offender treatment, Judge Ian Lawrie said: “I do not think he clearly recognises the appalling harm that viewing this sort of material does.

He and thousands like him encourage this material to be put online.”

Some of the images are of the most perverted category, showing adults abusing children.

Paskins, of Bonville Road, Southway, pleaded guilty to three counts of making or downloading indecent images of children between 2000 and 2014.

The admissions mean he goes on a list of people banned from ever working with children.

Michael Brown, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police traced suspect images being downloaded from the internet to his address.

He added officers found indecent images on two laptops and a computer hard drive.

Police found 215 images in the most severe category, A; 671 images in category B; and 10,314 in Category C.

Judge Lawrie imposed a 12-month prison sentence, but suspended it for two years.

Paskins must complete the Horizons sex offender treatment course, pay £320 costs and £100 victim surcharge.

He was also handed a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order which restricts his contact with children and allows police to monitor his internet use.