‘Sick and depraved’ primary school teacher jailed over indecent images he filmed and shared

A “sick and depraved” primary school teacher has been jailed after he filmed students as they changed for swimming and shared the images on the internet in “a level of betrayal rarely seen”, police have said. This is from the Independent…

Simon Mark Knowles, 52, formerly of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, but now living in Bridlington, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to 24 charges at York Crown Court.

They included making indecent images of children as young as three, possessing indecent images of children, distributing indecent images of children and recording a person doing a private act.

North Yorkshire Police said some of the children he filmed were students at the North Yorkshire school where he taught.

Officers investigating the case found 19,541 indecent photographs of children on Knowles’ computer along with 174 indecent videos, the force said.

They also found evidence that he had distributed 147 indecent photographs of children. The offences took place from 2009 up until his arrest in April 2012.

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