36-year-old Simon John Baker, a former teacher at Christ the King College, has escaped being sent to prison after being caught with more than 9,000 indecent images and videos of children and animals.
Baker, of Greenways in Northwood, has received a 2-year prison sentence – suspended for 2 years – after admitting a string of offences including 6 charges of making an indecent image of children and also possessing extreme pornographic images portraying sexual intercourse with an animal.
Sickeningly, Baker was caught with 8,506 indecent images of children and a further 555 videos. He was also found to be holding 142 images showing bestiality.
Christ the King College is reassuring parents and students that there is no reason to believe that Baker acted inappropriately at the school or using school IT equipment. He was suspended as soon as Police made the school aware of the situation and he was later sacked.
As well as being given a suspended sentence, Baker has been handed down an 18-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for a period of 10 years. He must also complete 35 days rehabilitation and 250 hours of unpaid work.
His computer and mobile phone have been seized and will be destroyed.
A spokesperson for the NSPCC has said:
“It is particularly disturbing that someone in a position of trust and responsibility for children would commit such horrific offences.
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“The images in Baker’s possession have helped fuel a twisted industry that thrives on inflicting pain and suffering on children.
“It is now vital that tech companies commit extra resources to ensure this sickening material is removed as soon it appears online – and to identify who put it there in the first place.”
Source: County Press