Ipswich School teacher William Stansbury jailed over indecent photos

William Stansbury
Image caption Stansbury's defence said he "harboured a darker side"

A former senior teacher at a Suffolk private school has been jailed for possessing more than 40,000 indecent images of children.

William Stansbury, 46, who taught at Ipswich School until his arrest last year, admitted five offences of making indecent videos and photographs.

Stansbury, who now lives in West Parley in Dorset, was jailed for 16 months.

Nicholas Weaver, headmaster at Ipswich School, said none of the school's students had been involved.

The images included 800 in the two most graphic categories.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said Stansbury was driven by the "excitement of finding new material and was never satisfied with what he had got".

"He seemed to be able to perform very satisfactorily in the real world where he worked with young people and disassociated that from what he was doing," he said.

'Great career ended'

Steven Dyble, mitigating, said: "To the outside world he was a perfect teacher but he harboured a darker side and a great career as a teacher has ended.

"But he never contemplated any form of sexual contact with a child in real life.

Image caption The head teacher at Ipswich School said he was "shocked and saddened by this case"

"He had the opportunity, if he so wished, to go down that road but he didn't."

Judge John Devaux said it was clear Stansbury had been regarded as a "kind and honourable" man by those who knew him.

He said: "You have contributed significantly to the sexual exploitation and abuse of children by viewing these images."

He banned Stansbury from working with children and made a sexual offences prevention order lasting 10 years.

School 'saddened'

Stansbury resigned from Ipswich School, where he was assistant head teacher, upon his arrest in August.

Mr Weaver from the school said: "We were obviously very shocked and saddened by this case regarding a former employee.

"Throughout the investigation we worked closely with the police and Suffolk Safeguarding, who confirmed that we acted entirely appropriately under the circumstances, and we were able to reassure our parents that no Ipswich School students were involved."

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