Burglar snares paedophile school governor after finding indecent images on stolen computer
Andrew Brown, 61, claimed thief Ryan Penfold planted the pictures in order to blackmail him
Andrew Brown, 61, claimed thief Ryan Penfold planted the pictures in order to blackmail him.
But a jury convicted the music teacher of downloading more than 600 images and 14 movies involving victims as young as three.
Brown was heavily involved in the Girl Guides movement and lived in a house where his wife ran a creche.
Sentencing him to two years prison, Judge Jonathan Cooper told him: “Your view of children is an utterly repugnant one.
“You are clearly a very damaged man with a warped of how children in our society should be treated.
“As a music teacher yourself it is all the more sinister that you were searching for imagery of children being abused by their music teacher.
“There’s been no element of remorse at any stage of proceedings thus far.”
Brown, former chair of governors at Kings School in Peterborough, Cambs., was arrested after his home was burgled in October 2015.
Penfold, who later admitted carrying out the raid, discovered illegal images on a memory stick.
He told an associate “I do not want these, they contain child pornography, you can have them back.”
During his trial Brown, of Peterborough, claimed Penfold had planted the images in a bid to blackmail him.
But police experts found he had used specialist software to hide downloads of child pornography on his iPhone, computer and laptop.
He carried out sick searches on his phone while abroad conducting music exams, proving the burglars could not have been involved.
Brown was jailed at Peterborough Crown Court, banned from working with children and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.
He was found guilty of three counts of possessing indecent images of children, two counts of making indecent images of children, and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.