July 2005

Child abuse images teacher jailed

A MIDLAND teacher who downloaded child abuse images on his school computer, including the image of a newborn baby, has been jailed.

James Roberts accessed the material while working as a temporary science teacher at Redhill School, Stourbridge.

Magistrates at Halesowen heard that by typing in the words “gay porn” he downloaded 200 images – all adult apart from five featuring children.

Roberts, 24, of Goldthorn Road, Kidderminster, who had previously admitted five charges of making indecent photographs of children, was jailed for a total of 36 weeks.

Chairman of the bench, Brian Slater, told him: “We think there is no other appropriate way to deal with you because of the very serious nature of the offences. These are aggravated by the fact that you were a teacher and had previous involvement working with children.”

Karen Hackett, prosecuting, said Roberts’ possibilities of gaining a full time position ended on February 2 this year when images downloaded in January were found on a school computer under his user name and he was suspended. Police were called in and seized the computer, along with a memory stick.

They found 200 downloaded images but only five of children. All were of the lower end of the pornographic category, one image being of a newborn baby, two of children aged five to eight and another two of children aged 14.

Roberts was arrested at his home on March 3 where he admitted downloading the images, said Mrs Hackett.

“He said his interest was in the younger male adult. He had no interest in children but was curious and so copied the images.”