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Teacher Christopher Davis jailed for indecent images

A former teacher from Solihull has been jailed after making and possessing 11,500 indecent images of children.

Prosecutors at Warwick Crown Court revealed the number as Christopher Davis, from Monkspath, was sentenced to 14 months in prison.

At earlier hearings Davis had admitted 11 offences of making indecent images.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Davis had edited normal pictures of children to make them indecent but had not sexually abused the youngsters.

Last month, his brother Timothy, 38, also a teacher but at a different school, was given a community service order for downloading indecent images.

Christopher Davis was working at St Patrick's Junior and Infant school when he was arrested last August.

'Everyday settings'

He resigned from his post when he was detained as part of the police investigation.

Following his sentencing, West Midlands Police said its child online safeguarding team established there were images of pupils from the school on his computer as well as those from another school he taught at.

Confirming the numbers of images involved, the CPS said they were not all of pupils.

Police said: "The images of the children from the school were taken in innocent, everyday settings and had been removed from school without permission.

"These images were then edited and altered away from school.

"Indecent images which had been downloaded from the internet were also discovered across all levels one to five."

Davis was also sentenced for possessing a prohibited image of children.

'Unnecessary anguish'

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Graham Hubbard, from the CPS, said: "Christopher Davis was in a position of trust.

"He was held in high regards by his peers, the children in his class and their parents.

"Today, he has paid the penalty of abusing that trust.

"Although none of the children from the school where he taught were sexually abused, his actions and subsequent arrest resulted in families being put through unnecessary anguish.

"We hope the conclusion of this case can bring a sense of closure to all those families."

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