February 2019

School worker caught with vile images of kids

A storeman at a school in Devon has been banned from working with children after being found with disgusting images of children being sexually abused, raped or tortured.

Kevin Heywood was traced by the National Crime Agency and arrested at the 400-year-old Blundells School in Tiverton, Devon.

He worked as a storeman at the co-educational boarding and day school.

At Exeter Crown Court, Heywood, 52, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children

The court heard he had 177 images of child abuse on two laptops

The children abused in the images were ranged in age from 1 to 13. The images showed extreme abuse including the rape or torture of the youngest children.

It was quite clear the defendant had been searching the internet for the images.

Heywood, of Barrington Street, Tiverton, who was sacked following his arrest at Blundells on 7 September 2017, was sentenced to six months, suspended for two years.

He was ordered to undergo a sex offenders’ treatment programme and to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Recorder Philip Mott QC said the images showed “very young girls who were being made to suffer”.

“This was not a victimless crime by any means,” he added.

Heywood was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and barred from working with children for life.