Former deputy headteacher jailed over indecent images
Paul Newbury was arrested while working at Acland Burghley Secondary School
23 May, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
A FORMER associate headteacher was today (Thursday) jailed for two years four months after being found in possession of indecent images of children.
Paul Newbury, 50, who was working at Acland Burghley Secondary School when he was arrested last year, pleaded guilty in March to having class A drugs and charges relating to the images. A 10 year sexual harm prevention order was also imposed.
A review of his devices identified nearly 1,300 sexual images of children, including almost 500 category A – the most serious kind.
Sentencing at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Deborah Taylor said: “These are not victimless crimes. Children are exploited and abused in making these images and the use and distribution feeds demand for more images and further abuse of children.”
His defence barrister Ashley Hendron told the court Mr Newbury, who has no previous convictions and now worked for a painter and decorator firm, had a “spectacular fall from grace”.
“It’s one he admitted up to when the National Crime Agency came to his door,” said Mr Hendron.
Mr Hendron said the offences were “embarrassing and shameful to him and those who know him”.
After the details of his appearance at magistrates court earlier this year, Acland Burghley in Burghley Road has told families that no pupils were put in danger during Mr Newbury’s time at the school and that it quickly suspended and then fired him as soon as details of a police investigation emerged.
The National Crime Agency, which carried out the investigation, said there was no evidence to suggest he was in sexual contact with any children and no evidence to link his offending to the school, which sacked him on March 7 2018.
The court heard how the case first in October 2017 began when an undercover officer in the United States found Mr Newbury in an online video conferencing room on website Zoom where another man on camera was carrying out sexual activity near an eight-year-old girl.
This information was passed to the National Crime Agency and, in February 2018, he was then arrested at his home address in Wood Green, where drugs were also found.
Prosecutor Timothy Forster said Mr Newbury was in five groups on encrypted instant messaging application Telegram where he shared and viewed indecent images. He also invited users to groups.
“He admitted possessing drugs and using drugs while viewing child abuse material,” said Mr Forster.
Acland Burghley organised meetings for any parents with concerns after the news was revealed in March.
Camden Council insisted that all its procedures were followed when Mr Newbury was hired by the school four years ago.
Child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.