A TEACHER has been sacked after thousands of child abuse and bestiality images were found on his computer.

Simon John Baker — a science teacher at Christ the King College until last year, when police informed the school he had been charged with child sex offences — escaped an immediate jail term when he was sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court last Friday.

He had admitted six charges of making 8,506 indecent photographs and 555 videos of children at a previous hearing, held at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on January 10.

Of those images, 1,809 were classed as category A — the most serious kind.

He also pleaded guilty to a further charge of possessing extreme pornographic images portraying sexual intercourse with an animal. In total, 142 such images were found on his computer.

Baker, 36, of Greenways, Northwood, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.

He was made the subject of an 18-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years.

A spokesperson for Christ the King College said: "Police notified the college last year that Mr Baker had been arrested and charged, following allegations linked to indecent images of children.

"Once this information had been received, in line with safeguarding procedures, Mr Baker was immediately suspended from duty and had no further contact with the college.

"The governors subsequently carried out a disciplinary process and Mr Baker is no longer employed by the college.

"The college has no reason to believe Mr Baker was involved in any illegal or inappropriate activities on the college site or whilst using college ICT property. An internal search of Mr. Baker’s IT account confirmed this."

Nora Ward, head of school said: “This is a very sad and serious situation.

"Thankfully, we have robust safeguarding procedures, work closely with outside agencies whenever concerns are reported and our students know who to speak to report their concerns.

"I can confirm we had no reason to suspect Mr Baker while he was in the college’s employment.

"When situations like this do occur, there is a serious and significant break down in trust.

"College staff will be working with students who require any support.”

Baker was also ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work and 35 rehabilitation activity days.

The court ordered the forfeiture of his computer and phone.

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