North East Wales

Wrexham teacher jailed for downloading child porn

A 34-year-old Wrexham teacher has been jailed for 10 months after admitting downloading and possessing more than 8,000 indecent images of children.

Kieran Maye, deputy head of maths at Clywedog Comprehensive, was caught after his girlfriend, a teacher at the school, found the images on a laptop.

At Mold Crown Court, he was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years and banned from working with children.

The indecent pictures were not of pupils from the school.

The court heard his girlfriend discovered some of the 8,487 images in a folder called "Pre-teen" while Maye was away on a school trip.

She contacted the headteacher and police were called.

The pictures, of children aged between four and 11, ranged from the least serious level one to the most serious, level five.

He had admitted 16 charges of downloading and possessing indecent images.

In addition to his jail term, Judge Philip Hughes also made a 10-year sexual offences prevention order to curb Maye's use of the internet in future.

The defendant, who had no previous convictions, has since resigned from his post.

Maye claimed he obtained no sexual gratification from the photographs.

But the judge said it was difficult to see what other inference there could be.

'Absolutely horrified'

The court also heard that there were photographs of pupils from the school on his laptop, but these were entirely innocent and were stored in separate files.

Sentencing, the judge said: "What makes the offences more worrying is that you are a teacher, holding a senior position in school."

He said colleagues had regarded him as a good teacher, adding: "I have no doubt that they would have been absolutely horrified if they knew what you were up to in the privacy of your own home."

Maye had provided a market to those who abuse children to provide such images, the judge said.

He added: "In that sense, you are participating in that abuse of young children."

The judge said that he took into account the defendant's guilty plea, his previous good character and health difficulties.

A Wrexham council spokeswoman said after the hearing: "The school and the local authority confirm that a member of staff has resigned from work following a police investigation.

"This investigation did not relate to an incident at Ysgol Clywedog.

"As this issue will need to be dealt with as a confidential employment matter we are unable to comment further."