EX-TEACHER Kenneth Brown has been given a 10-month prison sentence for making and possessing indecent images of children by Hove Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, February 24).
Browne, 60, of South Row, London, was arrested at in July, 2009 at his former home in Havelock Road, Brighton, and pleaded guilty to six charges of possessing and six charges of making indecent images of children.
At the time of his arrest Browne was the assistant head teacher at Dorothy Stringer School, but was dismissed shortly after his arrest and moved away from the area.
Sussex Police Paedophile On Line Investigation Team (POLIT), who were acting on information received, executed a search warrant and seized computer equipment.
The charges were entirely internet based and related to images of young girls in the 10 to 13 age range.
They did not involve any physical assaults on or contact with children, and did not involve any children at the school.
Browne was also served with an indefinite Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO), required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for a 10 years, and banned for life from working with children.
Detective Inspector Ali Eaton said; “This was a complex and detailed investigation and the result reflects the seriousness of the offences.
“Although the majority of the images were not of the most extreme type, it must be understood that every such image represents child abuse.
“We will continue to follow up all such reports and prosecute whenever the evidence can be obtained.”