Essex

Westcliff High School ex-teacher admits having indecent images

A former teacher at an all girls school in Essex admitted making indecent images of children.

Colin Bell, 45, of Great Wakering, was a teacher at Westcliff High School for Girls until his arrest in 2015.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he had been acquitted of three charges of sexual assault, but pleaded guilty to having indecent images of children on a DVD.

He was given an absolute discharge.

Following the hearing at Basildon Crown Court, a spokeswoman for the CPS said: "After Mr Bell was acquitted of three charges of sexual assault the judge asked the prosecution to consider its position in relation to a second trial Mr Bell faced over indecent images.

"An indication had been given by the defence that Mr Bell would plead guilty to one of the charges which involved four indecent images found on a DVD.

"We considered this plea and took into account remarks by the judge regarding the remaining charges and the likely sentence they would attract.

"We decided to accept the guilty plea and offer no evidence on the other charges."

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