March 2018

Former Suffolk teacher and youth cricket team manager jailed for downloading 100’s of indecent images of children

A retired Suffolk teacher and former manager of a county boys’ cricket team who downloaded hundreds of child sexual abuse images has been jailed for a year.

Noble Duncan, 76, of Broadwater Gardens, Shotley Gate, admitted three offences of making indecent images of children and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

He denied two offences of possessing prohibited images but was found guilty by magistrates.

Jailing Duncan for a total of 12 months Judge Martyn Levett said the defendant had an entrenched sexual interest in images of young children and was at high risk of re-offending in the future.

He said that in 2008 Duncan had been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to attend a sex offenders’ treatment programme for 16 offences of making a total of 6,500 indecent images of children.

He said the sex offenders’ treatment had “no effect whatsoever” and hadn’t prevented him looking at child sex images.

He said Duncan had been banned from accessing the internet by a sexual harm prevention order as a result of the earlier offences but this had been amended in 2013 because of a deterioration in his health and had led to the latest offences being committed.

He said Duncan was a maths teacher for 40 years until his retirement in 2001 and in 2008 he had been the manager of a county under 12 cricket team.

In addition to jailing Duncan Judge Levett made him the subject of a sexual harm prevention order restricting his access to the internet and ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register. Both orders will last indefinitely.

Matthew Sorel-Cameron, prosecuting, said computer equipment seized from Duncan’s home in 2016 was found to have a total of 12 images in the most serious level A category, 42 images in category B and 1,700 images in category C.

More than 600 prohibited images of children were also found on the equipment.