Former teacher cleared of obscene act had indecent image of child on memory stick

Lab scandal retests ‘progressing well’ say police

  • Former teacher cleared of act but taken to court for civil order
  • He had indecent image of child on memory stick at his home
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A FORMER teacher cleared of performing a sex act in front of a child has admitted having an indecent image of a child on a memory stick.

Matthew Hill was found not guilty of outraging public decency by committing an act of a lewd, obscene and disgusting nature in February.

In the course of that search his computer was examined, including a memory stick which was found to contain an indecent image of a child – that’s accepted by him

Jeffrey Norrie-Miller

That allegation dated back to when the former Lyndhurst Junior School teacher was a volunteer at Buckland Play Centre in Malins Road, Buckland in December 2012.

But yesterday Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard after he was arrested police searching his home found a memory stick containing an indecent image of a child.

Jeffrey Norrie-Miller, for Hampshire police, said: ‘After Mr Hill was arrested there was a search of his premises.

‘In the course of that search his computer was examined, including a memory stick which was found to contain an indecent image of a child – that’s accepted by him.’

He added the order aimed to ‘protect the public or any particular member of the public from harm’.

Mr Norrie-Miller added: ‘The circumstances are such that the chief constable believes it’s necessary for the court to make that order.’

The civil sexual risk order was unopposed. A breach of the order is a criminal offence.

Chairman of the magistrates Rev Raymond Burnish made the order for two years.

Hill must meet sex offences notification requirements.

Hill, 41, of Mallory Crescent, Fareham, is banned from living with any child under 16, having unsupervised contact with children, using any internet-enabled device without keeping browsing history, deleting browsing history on any device, using the internet to contact a child under 16 and having any device capable of storing digital images other than for his employment.

Horatio Gooden, a supporter of Hill, said : ‘For the police to bring it back has probably traumatised him.’