A former school teacher has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for offences relating to the possession of indecent images of children and extreme pornography.
National Crime Agency (NCA) officers arrested Caroline Parry,45, from Middlesborough, in September. She was found to be in possession of 20 category A and B images of child sexual abuse and extreme pornographic films and images.
At the time of her arrest, Parry was employed as Head of English at Bishopsgarth School in Stockton. The offences are not related to the school or its pupils.
As well as serving 18 months in prison, Parry is subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
His Honour Judge Ashurst stated that Parry has had a “spectacular fall from grace” she “put her own selfish sexual interests before the children” and “ignored their need for protection”.
Colin Radcliffe, of the NCA said: “Whilst there is no evidence that Caroline Parry abused her position of trust at her place of work, we consider that she poses a significant risk due to nature of the images she was downloading and viewing. The chat logs which she had engaged in seemed to span a number of years, and were extreme in nature.
“Individuals who think they can share indecent images of children under the radar of law enforcement should know that we will pursue them and ensure they are brought to justice.”
The NCA is working closely with Cleveland Police and local Children’s Services to ensure appropriate safeguarding.