A SOLIHULL teacher was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment at Leamington Crown Court on Friday for downloading indecent images of children from the internet.
Christopher Davis, 43, from Monkspath, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the charge as well as using computer equipment to alter innocent images of children to make them indecent.
As well as his sentence he has been given a 10-year sex offences prevention order, which bans him from working in schools, colleges or in a coaching or volunteer capacity where he would come into contact with children. In addition, he is not allowed to take pictures or videos of children, and is not permitted to keep non-commercial photographs of children.
Davis will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Davis was arrested from his home in Solihull on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 by detectives from the Child Online Safeguarding Team of West Midlands Police who were carrying out an investigation into the downloading of indecent images of children from the internet.
Officers quickly established there were a very small number of images of children, from two of the schools Christopher Davis taught at, on his own computer. Working in partnership with Solihull Council, a critical investigation was launched.
The images of the children from the school had been taken in innocent and everyday settings and had been removed from school without permission. The images were then edited and altered away from school.
Indecent images which had been downloaded from the internet were also discovered across all levels of indecency from one to five.
DCI Sean Phillips from the force’s Public Protection Unit led the investigation:
“Once the pictures were discovered, our priority was to work with Solihull Council and the schools concerned to ensure all was well with the children.
“The children were quickly identified and each of their parents spoken to. It is important to be clear that there is no evidence at any point in this investigation that there has been any physical abuse.
“The images only became indecent when they were edited and altered out of the school setting.
“The other images that were downloaded from the internet were substantial in number, with some being at the most serious level. Clearly any downloading of such an image is criminal, and we must always remember that somewhere in the world a child has been abused to make that picture.
“We would like to thank Solihull Council for their support of this investigation. Also, the parents of the children featured in the pictures, who have been fully briefed and very supportive.”
In a separate investigation, Davis’s brother, 37-year-old Timothy Davis from Monkspath, Solihull was given a three-year community rehabilitation order after he pleaded guilty to downloading indecent images of children from the internet.
Part of his rehabilitation order will be to take part in an internet sex offender learning programme.
Timothy has also been given an indefinite Sex Offender Prevention Order (SOPO) which means that he is not allowed to work or interact with children under the age of 18. He will be placed on the list of Registered Sex Offenders for a minimum of five years.