Teacher who watched child abuse videos avoids jail time

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A TEACHER avoided being sent to jail after uploading videos of child sexual abuse to the dark web.

Matthew Walker had sick videos of girls as young as four on his computer in his “lair” when police raided his home in Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire.

The 29-year-old had installed software that allowed him to search the internet for depraved videos without leaving a trace in his search history, Teesside Crown Court said.

Dan Cordey, prosecuting, said the aggravating features of the case were that a child between the ages of four and six was filmed being sexually assaulted, and a forensic examination revealed he uploaded a browser that allowed access to the Dark Web and left no trace.

Walker, whose school was not disclosed at the hearing, will now be on a register banning him for life from working with children.

Caroline Abraham, in mitigation, said he has a young son and has since moved in with his mother and stepfather who were at court to support him.

He lived on universal credit but hoped for a job in a new field.

“He is waiting for help with his mental health,” she said. “It’s been two years since those offenses and he’s moved on. ”

Judge Timothy Stead told Walker of Toddington Drive, Norton, and formerly of Garbutt Lane, Hutton Rudby: “You of all people should have known better.

“You are well supported and this is not at all surprising. You took the first hesitant steps and you are going to have to do better.

Walker was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months with an 18-month supervision order, 100 hours of unpaid work, 30 days of rehab activity requirements, a sexual harm prevention order for ten years and the order to register as a sex offender for ten years.

He was also ordered to pay £ 250 for prosecution costs after changing his plea on the day of his trial.

Walker pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children – 138 at the most serious grade A, six at grade B, and five at grade C.

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