‘Porn’ Ruins A Career

Sent in by The Tap Blog reader, Tim, a teacher, today.  Here is yet more injustice from a bullying and illogical legal system.  A career has been ruined over nothing, a life sent to the brink.  Read.

Some of you may know I run a mailing list for ICT people in schools.


I have just received this from a former member of the list. 


It  is worth a careful read, certainly if you are
involved pastorally in any way and use IT.


I include it in it’s entireity: you’ll note that even though he is not
guilty, his extended CRB check is not clean so he’s unemployable.
There is a salutory lesson for all staff in here.  It is, dare I say it, an
asinine law.

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As most of you know I was Director of ICT for Kent College and ran
Independent ICT.

I was charged with possession and making of indecent images as discussed
previously on this forum.

After a 5 day trial and over 2 years of my life wasted I have been
cleared of all charges yesterday and a verdict of not guilty was passed
on every account.

Needless to say I have a sore head today!

I would like to thank all those who sent messages of support throughout
this ordeal. I know others would have liked to but due to the nature of
the allegations could not have any contact with me due to the fact
everyone here works in schools. I fully understood that difficult position.

I would like to fully share the experiences and lessons of this
nightmare as I am very concerned it could happen to any one of you such
is the way the law is written. I am quite tempted to do a ½ day
conference on it or may just mail round what I have learnt on this forum
if people would like that.

For now please take time to read the law very, very carefully. It is the
protection of children act and the criminal justice act.

Bear in mind level 1 child p*rn, for which you can be jailed and your
life ruined forever, is

“Level one – Images of erotic posing, with no sexual activity”. This
applies to anyone under 18.

If someone examined all your school computers can you guarantee you have
not got an image like that on there bearing in mind you have to filter
images / check facebook / check student devices etc etc. And I do not
even mean saved i mean has it been on screen for even a millisecond.

If so there is no defence.

You will be charged with possession of indecent images.

If you delete that image you will be charged with making indecent
images. Yes making, as if you had photographed a child yourself and that
is what it will say on the front of the paper when they accuse you of it.

Please, please discuss this issue with your senior leadership you are in
an exceptionally vulnerable position.

I will be happy to discuss more once my head has recovered from this
ultimate nightmare.

Personally I am not sure where I will go from here — I have no wish to
work in education anymore and even though I have been totally cleared
the fact I went to court will stay on an extended crb check so I doubt I
could get a job anyway. I have been unable to work for the last 2 years
with this hanging over my head and have lost everything.

However, for those that know me you will be pleased to hear I have my
first child due in January and so hope to rebuild my life with her and
my girlfriend. Without the exceptional support of colleagues, friends
and family I would not be alive today.

Please do not let this happen to you.

All the best,

Bill

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2 Responses to “‘Porn’ Ruins A Career”

  1. Anonymous says:

    After reading this and the previous article, does anyone DARE to comment. Jesus, I feel like a bloody criminal for no reason at all. Scary stuff indeed

  2. Tapestry says:

    You did dare. Thank you.

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