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Cardiff teacher jailed for indecent photographs and offences against pupils

|News, Sexual offences

A teacher who acquired indecent photos of pupils by accessing their phones and computers has been sentenced at Newport Crown Court to a total of six years and three months’ imprisonment.

Richard Edmunds, 40, entered guilty pleas on the day of trial to all nineteen offences, which included causing or inciting sexual exploitation of children.

The Court heard how the IT teacher from Radyr Comprehensive had offered to help the pupils with technical problems on their mobile phones and computers, using the opportunity to download images of the pupils and access their storage clouds. Other indecent photographs of children were also discovered on the man’s computer.

Other pupils were encouraged to send nude photos to him, after he told them they could earn money from it through his friend’s website.

Ann Haile of the CPS said: “Instead of protecting children against the dangers of exploitation, this individual used his position of trust to do the opposite, preying on their vulnerabilities for his own satisfaction.

“While we hope today’s sentence helps those affected to move on with their lives knowing that offender has been brought to justice, we also hope this serves as a reminder that the images and data on electronic devices are never completely private but will be used to secure justice if necessary.”

As well as the term of imprisonment, Edmunds was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Notes to editors

  • Ann Haile is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit.
  • Guilty pleas were entered on 9 November 2020 to 3 x possession of indecent photographs of a child; 2 x causing or inciting sexual exploitation of a child; 14 x securing unauthorised access to computer material with intent to gain possession of indecent images of children.

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