December 2017

Former assistant head teacher pleads guilty to making indecent photos of a child and voyeurism

A former assistant head teacher at a school in Chertsey has admitted a number of sexual offences.

David Allison, 48, of Shaw Close in Ottershaw, who worked at Salesian School, appeared at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on December 1.

He has pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent photos of a child.

Allison also admitted one count of recording a private act and another of voyeurism by installing equipment, or constructing or adapting a structure.

The case has been committed to Guildford Crown Court for sentencing, with a date and time yet to be fixed.

A spokesman for Salesian said Allison was suspended on November 29 when the school was notified by police. He added Allison was dismissed “in the last few days”.

In a letter to parents, dated December 14, head teacher James Kibble said: “I am writing to share some very challenging news.

“David Allison, who was an assistant head teacher at our school, has been arrested, pleaded guilty and will shortly be sentenced for charges relating to the downloading of inappropriate images of young people and voyeurism.”

The letter adds police have confirmed Allison had no previous criminal record and Mr Kibble says he is “confident that his recruitment in 2009 was compliant”.

However, he adds the school will be bringing forward its next audit of safeguarding procedures to January “to ensure there is nothing more we could be doing as a school going forward”.

The letter finishes: “This is a deeply saddening incident and I am most sincerely sorry it has happened. However, I have every confidence we will pull together as a community to get through this.

“The relationships that exist throughout our school are our strength and I am absolutely determined not to let the action of a single individual cancel out all that is good about our school.

“I look forward to working with everyone concerned to repair any damage done.”

When approached by Get Surrey, the Salesian spokesman added the school did not wish to make further comment beyond the letter sent to parents.

Salesian is a Catholic co-education comprehensive school for children aged 11 to 18. The school’s website states it has approximately 1,500 students, including 380 sixth formers.

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