Leeds teacher’s child porn shame

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A primary school teacher has been jailed after he admitted possessing more than 2,000 indecent images of children.

Marcus Crew, 36, was sentenced to eight months after a court heard he viewed vile images of youngsters aged between two and 14.

Crew, a married father, was a teacher at Barwick-in-Elmet primary school in east Leeds at the time he was arrested in November last year.

A Leeds City Council spokesman confirmed he no longer works at the school following his resignation after being suspended pending the criminal investigation.

Jailing Crew, Recorder Bryan Cox, QC, said: “You are a primary school teacher by occupation and I am sure you fully understand that those who view pornography of this kind help to perpetuate the exploitation of children.

“You viewed a substantial number of images. In many cases the children were very young. Included in those images you viewed were images of the most serious kind.”

Jeremy Hill-Baker, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court how police executed a search warrant at his then home in Leeds and seized computer equipment.

More than 2,000 pornographic images and movies of children were discovered. A total of 463 images were at level four – the second most serious kind. The court heard the images were downloaded between June 2011 and November 2012.

After he was arrested Crew admitted browsing the internet for the illegal images. He claimed he had committed the offences while he was under stress and had been drinking.

Crew, now of Essex Drive, Taunton, Somerset, pleaded guilty to 21 charges of making indecent images of children.

Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Crew had spent £800 of his own money attending a course designed to address his behaviour after he was arrested.

Mr Parkin said Crew had moved away from the area and was determined to face up to what he had done after he had initially been in denial and sought justification for what he had done.

He urged the court to impose a community-based punishment so he can continue receiving treatment.

Jane Held, independent chairman of the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board, said: “We are satisfied that the school acted swiftly and appropriately as soon as they were informed.”

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