Cambridgeshire

Ex-Kimbolton School teacher jailed for child sex image offences

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Image caption Former Kimbolton School teacher Scott Whitlock had hundreds of indecent images of children in his possession, police said

A teacher who talked about his fantasies involving children in "horrific" internet chat logs has been jailed for 16 months after admitting a string of offences.

Police said Scott Keith Whitlock, 45, a former employee of Kimbolton School, Cambridgeshire, had an "entrenched sexual interest in children".

He admitted three offences involving hundreds of indecent images of children and publishing an obscene article.

He was jailed at Cambridge Crown Court.

The school said no past or present pupils were involved in the case.

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Whitlock, from Little Headlands, Bedford, was arrested last June after police received an anonymous letter saying he had "disturbing images of children" in his possession.

Detectives found a "number of electronic devices" at his home and at Kimbolton School, which contained indecent images of children, along with chat logs in his name "detailing obscene material and explicit sexual fantasies involving children," Cambridgeshire Police said.

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Image caption None of the pupils was involved in the case, the school said

He was suspended from teaching before being sacked in November.

'Distressing'

Senior Crown Prosecutor Samantha Woolley described the chat logs as being of a "horrific nature", when Whitlock appeared in court last month.

"The written content of the messages is of an obscene and distressing nature based on the sexual abuse of children and young children," she said.

During a hearing in May, Whitlock pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of a child, one count of possessing indecent images of a child, one count of distributing an indecent image of a child and one count of publishing an obscene article.

He was sentenced to 16 months each for possessing and making indecent images, 16 months for publishing the article and four months for distributing an image, all to run concurrently.

The sentences reflected his earlier guilty pleas, the judge said.

As well as being placed on the sex offenders register, Whitlock was handed a sexual harm prevention order for 12 years and ordered to forfeit his laptops and computer.

Kimbolton School head teacher Jonathan Belbin said last month: "We treat any falling short of our high standards with the utmost seriousness and we have given the authorities every assistance during their investigation into this case."

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