February 2017

Disgraced maths teacher spared jail after being caught with thousands of sick child abuse images

A disgraced maths teacher from Knaphill was arrested at the school he worked after police discovered thousands of horrific child abuse images at his home.

Scott Wilson, of Florence Way, was arrested after officers traced his IP back to his home address in connection with indecent images of children.

Addressing Wilson’s sentencing hearing at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday (February 14), prosecutor Lee Harris said officers searched the defendant’s address and found two USB sticks plugged into his television.

These were analysed and found to contain eight category B moving images of child abuse, along with 8,859 category C still images.

He later pleaded to two offences of possessing indecent images of children.

Mr Harris said: “Police tried to arrest him twice at his home address before arresting him at work.

“He was head of mathematics at the school he worked at. He subsequently lost that employment, unsuprisingly.

“He was interviewed and made full admissions during the course of the interview with police.”

Mr Harris said 42-year-old Wilson had no previous convictions and was of good character until his convictions for these offences.

He added: “There is no suggestion any of the pupils from his school were involved, but clearly, as a teacher, there is a high degree of trust in him.”

The name of the school where Wilson worked was not revealed in open court.

Surrey Police has refused to confirm the name of the school as the offences do not relate to or involved any pupils at the school.

Sentencing, Judge Robert Fraser said: “The community places trust in teachers to conduct themselves in an appropriate way.

“You just have to think what any parent’s reaction would have been if they had been aware of this proclivity you have.

“They would have been shocked and would have not been willing to have their child in your care.”

He added: “Every time and image like this is created, a child has been abused and people that use these images are supporting the market and are endangering these children, wherever they are in the world.”

Judge Fraser sentenced Wilson to a three-year community order, with requirements to attend a sexual offender treatment programme along with 60 sessions of rehabilitation activity requirement.

A sexual offence prevention order was imposed for five years along with £460 in court costs.

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