July 2018

Burnley Rosewood paedophile teacher with indecent pictures of young girls avoids jail

A primary school teacher found with indecent images of young girls on his laptop has avoided jail.

But Paul Fort was told that if he committed any further offences his chances of walking free would be ‘minimal’.

Blackburn magistrates heard the offence had cost Fort, 51, his good name, his job and his marriage.

And they had led to a ‘social media storm’ of abuse towards the defendant.

Fort, of Westbourne Avenue South, Burnley, pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison suspended for two years and made subject to a community order for the same period with 30 days’ rehabilitation.

He was made subject to notification requirements under the sex offenders register for seven years.

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said Fort was a teacher at Rosewood Primary School in Burnley from where police had arrested him after receiving information about indecent images being downloaded.

Officers had been to Fort’s house first but he was not in when they arrived.

They seized mobile phones, laptops, disk drives and USB sticks from his work and home and found the images on a laptop which was in a wardrobe in a bedroom.

Miss Akhtar said the category B images were of young teenage girls engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity.

The category C images were of girls between 10 and 15 years of age posing nude and in a sexual manner.

Nick Cassidy, defending, said the public found this kind of offence abhorrent and this had been reflected by the ‘social media storm’ since the case was first reported.

“When he was arrested he was a married father of two with a full-time job and no previous convictions,” said Mr Cassidy.

“He and his wife of many years have now split because the pressure of this case has been too much.

“He will be formally sacked from his job. He knows he only has himself to blame.”

June 2018

Burnley primary school teacher found with child abuse images on computer

A Burnley teacher could be facing a jail term after police found child porn on his computer.

Father-of-two Paul Fort was arrested at Rosewood Primary School, where he worked. He was then released by police and was under investigation for six months.

Officers discovered indecent photographs, including nine moving images, on a laptop in a wardrobe by the side of his bed at his home, the town’s magistrates heard.

The 50-year-old, who qualified as a teacher in 2010, has been married for 25 years and is involved with a local church. He told police he was not sexually attracted to children.

Mrs Tracy Yates (prosecuting) told the hearing police seized electronic devices in the defendant’s possession at the school and more were seized after a search of his home.

Officers examined the images found on the laptop and found four Category B pictures – the most serious category is level A – showing young teenage girls engaging in acts of solo masturbation.

Mrs Yates said a total of 28 photos were found at Category C. They showed girls between 10 and 15 years of age, posing nude or partially clothed, in a sexualised manner.

The prosecutor continued: “There were a number of other images were which were borderline. The majority were of the same girl, who he appears to have been chatting to over Skype. It is not possible to say when the pictures were taken.” 

The Bench adjourned the case until next month for an all options pre-sentence report. Fort, of Westbourne Avenue South, Burnley, admitted two counts of possessing indecent photographs, last October 12th.