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Leeds school caretaker had child porn images on computer

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  • by Tony Gardner
 

A primary school caretaker was found to have almost 800 indecent image of children stored on computers after police raided his home.

Ian Turnbull, 58, who worked at Cookridge Holy Trinity primary school, avoided a jail sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to 11 charges of making indecent photographs of children.

Leeds Crown Court heard police executed a search warrant at the father-of-three’s home, on Kirkwood Drive, Cookridge, in January 2010 and seized computer equipment.

Turnbull was arrested when the images were discovered. He admitted the offences when interviewed and claimed he had come across the illegal images by accident but continued to download them as his behaviour “spiralled out of control.”

Kama Melly, mitigating, said Turnbull had lost his job and his previous good character as a result of the offences.

The barrister said Turnbull had been closely involved with the church, helping to raise money, and felt “deep shame” at what he had done.

Ms Melly said Turnbull was now saving money in order to go on a private course design to address his behaviour.

Judge Roger Ibbotson made Tunrbull the subject of a three-year supervision order

After the hearing, Father John Hamilton, Chair of Governors at Cookridge Holy Trinity, said: “This is an upsetting case which is solely the responsibility of Ian Turnbull, as the court has found.

“The school has been working closely with the police throughout their investigation and we are confident that no children from the school were at risk whilst Mr Turnbull was employed here. Mr Turnbull was suspended from his employment as soon as the school was informed of the police investigation and subsequently resigned.

“Cookridge Holy Trinity Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. The school has rigorous safeguarding arrangements in place and works closely with partner agencies and the council to ensure that all pupils are protected and kept safe from harm.”

 
 
 

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