Teacher guilty of possessing illegal child images

By Surrey and Hants News in Crime

A former Surrey teacher has been found guilty of possessing almost 1,500 illegal images of children along with images of people having sex with animals.

Robert Browne, who had left the county to teach RE at a boys school in Wirral, pleaded guilty to the charges at Liverpool Crown Court. No evidence had come to light that he had touched any child.

Browne was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years, and a 60-day rehabilitation activity requirement. He has also had to sign the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

In a letter to parents, sent last week, headteacher Patrick Doyle said the school had no reason to suspect Browne had committed any offences against pupils at All Hallows.

He wrote: "I am contacting you to inform you of what we know regarding the news that broke in the press a few days ago about a former All Hallows teacher. Mr Browne was at All Hallows until July 2016 and was recently convicted of sexual offences at a court in Liverpool.

"All our teachers are subject to the required DBS police checks and Mr Browne passed these when he was appointed. He came with very strong references and was subject to all of our safeguarding induction procedures which have been classified by Ofsted and the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board as outstanding.

During his time with us no safeguarding concerns were ever raised.

"He left All Hallows because he wanted to buy a property and was struggling to afford to do so in our area.

"We were shocked to hear of the convictions against him.

"I wish to reassure you that we have no reason to believe that any of our students were compromised in any way by Mr Browne’s actions outside school."

The letter added the school would update parents if any further information came to light.