June 2010

School governor made almost 600 images of child abuse images

A GOVERNOR at a primary school near Plymouth who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children from the internet has been sent to prison.

Derek Munn-Tyrrell, 51, pictured, admitted 15 charges of making almost 600 pornographic pictures between October 2006 and November 2009.

He was a parent-governor at Bere Alston Primary School, but education chiefs said no children at the school were put at risk.

Munn-Tyrell, of The Downs, Bere Alston, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court for sentencing before Recorder Michael Parroy QC.

At a previous hearing before city magistrates, Lucy Ray, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police were alerted by credit card payments on the internet and executed a search warrant at his home.

They found he had downloaded 594 pictures, of all levels of seriousness, on to his computer.

Miss Ray said there was no evidence that any of the images had been distributed by Munn-Tyrrell to other paedophiles.

He told police in interview he had been looking at the sites for between five and seven years and he was interested in girls aged between eight and 13.

Miss Ray said that he had no previous convictions.

Richard Speer, for Munn-Tyrrell, said his client had in fact paid for access to news sites which had then provided him with links to other sites.

Recorder Parroy jailed Munn-Tyrrell for 26 weeks, ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years and imposed a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

He ordered the images to be destroyed and Munn-Tyrrell to pay prosecution costs of £510.

Devon County Council and police confirmed that no children in the local community had been involved in the case.

A Bere Alston woman, who asked not to be named, told The Herald: “To hear what he did was horrifying, and having to tell the children was not pleasant.”