Former head teacher avoids jail after admitting downloading indecent images of children

PUBLISHED: 07:58 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:58 17 January 2018

Miraz Triggs

Miraz Triggs

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A head teacher from Saffron Walden who admitted downloading indecent images of children has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Miraz Triggs, 46, of Ickleton Road, Elmdon, was charged with three offences of making indecent images of children, possession of extreme pornography, possession of prohibited images of children and distribution of indecent images of children.

He pleaded guilty to the offences at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on December 19 last year.

Appearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday for sentencing, the former head teacher was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for making Category A images, 12 months for making Category B images, and six months each for making and distributing Category C images. He was also given a month for possession of prohibited images. All sentences were suspended for two years.

Triggs was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and pay £425 in court costs.

He is now the subject of a ten-year sexual harm prevention order, and a 50 day rehabilitation requirement.

The court heard that when police raided his home in June last year, Triggs was working as a supply science teacher back at Barnwell School, in Hertfordshire.

Police found more than 21,000 indecent images on his computer, and Judge Emma Peters branded his behaviour as “horrific and appalling”.

In mitigation, the court heard that Triggs was trying to make amends. He had worked in a charity shop until his arrest became public. He had redecorated the room at home where he used his computer.

Detective Constable Paul Ross, who led the investigation, said: “Every time an indecent image of a child is viewed or distributed online, that child continues to be exploited.

“Triggs is a 46-year-old man who at the time of his arrest had been working in a position of trust as a secondary school teacher, for around two decades.

“We cannot and will not tolerate this type of crime and we will continue to use all the tools available to us to proactively target those committing these despicable offences.

“This is a direct message to those, like Triggs, who have downloaded, viewed or distributed indecent images of children. I urge you to consider the terrible harm your behaviour is causing to children.”

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