A former Kimbolton School teacher has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after admitting a number of sexual offences involving children.
Scott Whitlock, 45, of no fixed abode, was arrested on June 12 last year (2015) after police received an anonymous letter stating that Whitlock was in possession of ‘disturbing images of children’.
After receiving the information, a police investigation started and warrants conducted at premises within Kimbolton School and Whitlock’s then home address in Bedford.
A number of electronic devices were seized which uncovered a large amount of indecent images of children, along with chat logs in Whitlock’s name detailing obscene material and explicit sexual fantasies involving children.
He was arrested at the school on June 12 and immediately suspended from teaching, before having his employment terminated on November 17.
On Monday, May 9, he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court and pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of a child, one count of possessing indecent images of a child, one count of distributing an indecent image of a child and one count of publishing an obscene article.
The possession of indecent images of children relates to 112 images consisting of 90 category C images, six category B images and 16 category A images of children. Category A being the worst.
The making of indecent images of children charge relates to 505 images consisting of 345 category C images, 53 category B images and 107 category A images of children.
The distributing of indecent images of children relates to one image.
The charge of publishing an obscene article relates to the exchanging of chat messages online, detailing explicit conversations concerning fantasies involving young children.
When issuing the sentence yesterday (Monday, July 4), Judge Jonathan Haworth described the chat logs as “horrifying” and “sickening to any normal-minded person” which shows that he “clearly has a predisposition for children in a sexual sense”.
He further commented that Whitlock sought out indecent images and has the potential to pose a risk of harm to children.
Detective Constable Matt Roe, from the Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (CAISU), said: “While none of the images in Whitlock’s possession contained any of Kimbolton School’s past or present students, there were some extremely disturbing images of children which he clearly had an interest in.
“This investigation was complex and involved the expertise of officers from across several investigative departments, resulting in Scott Whitlock’s conviction. It is reassuring to know he will never teach again.”
Whitlock has also been made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 12 years and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for at least 10 years.