January 2018

Headteacher avoids prison after making thousands of indecent images of children

A head teacher who was found with “the most appalling” child abuse images has been given an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

Miraz Triggs, 46, admitted six counts including making and distributing indecent images of children.

Triggs, of Saffron Walden in Essex, used to be the head teacher at the Da Vinci Studio School in Stevenage.

At Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Emma Peters said she knows others “will disagree” with her verdict.

The court was told how Triggs had lived a “double life” in which he taught and worked with children by day but then went home to gain “considerable sexual gratification from images involving offences against children”.

Peter Gair, prosecuting, said Triggs had 33 images of the most serious images of abuse on his two home computers and nearly 21,000 of abuse deemed less serious in law.

He initially denied any knowledge of the images after his arrest in June, but later admitted the offences in court.

Judge Peters told Triggs he had been “cataloguing the abuse of children”.

“Those images are only there because there is a trade in them and they only come to be because children are being abused,” she added.

“The parents in this court, and those outside who will hear about this case, will feel there’s an enormous need for retribution.

“Children are best protected by your being reformed and rehabilitated. There will be others who will disagree.”

The court was told that since Triggs was caught he had experienced “total reputational ruin” and an “exodus of friends and associates”.

Since losing his teaching job, Triggs, who the court heard was an “accomplished trombonist”, has carried out charity work, sought to tackle his interest in child abuse images and busked to earn money for his family.

Triggs was also ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work, 50 days of rehabilitation and pay £425 in costs.

December 2017

Former St Albans headteacher admits making thousands of indecent images of children

A former St Albans headteacher has admitted making thousands of indecent images of children.

Miraz Triggs made 33 indecent images and nine movies of the most serious category between October 2016 and June this year.

The 46-year-old – who was briefly head of St Albans’ Batchwood School after being appointed in 2016 – made more than 21,000 indecent photographs and dozens of movies 

The court heard how the shamed headteacher also was in possession of a shocking image of a person performing oral sex on a HORSE.

Triggs, of Ickleton Road in Elmdon near Saffron Walden, also admitted distributing eight of the images and possessing extreme pornography involving an animal during a hearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Dressed in leather shoes, smart blue jeans, a shirt and waistcoat, he stood behind the re-enforced glass in the dock of courtroom two for the short hearing.

The clerk of the court read out details of the six charges to Triggs who stood listening with his hands behind his back throughout.

Magistrates said the case was too serious for them to hear and declined jurisdiction.

Triggs will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, January 16.

He was released on bail, with the condition he have no unsupervised custody, control or contact with any children under the age of 16.

Triggs had been working as a science teacher at Barnwell School in Stevenage until summer 2017, and was previously head of the Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering in the town.

Prior to his latest stint at Barnwell, he had been assistant head there during a previous spell there from 2003 to 2012.