May 2012

Classroom assistant downloaded child abuse images ‘for the rush’

A classroom assistant who downloaded child abuse images for “for the rush” has been jailed.

Moray Kent Nicholson, 22, was sentenced on Wednesday after being convicted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this month.

He had pleaded guilty to possessing child abuse images between July 24, 2010 and October 13, 2010 and was jailed for one year and eight months.

The court heard Nicholson, from Edinburgh, suffered from attention deficit disorder and had collected the images “for the rush of doing something prohibited”.

At the time he was arrested, Nicholson was on a placement at Corstorphine Primary School in Edinburgh, working as a classroom assistant. He underwent and passed a full disclosure check and was given a voluntary role.

When police officers told the City of Edinburgh Council about their inquiries, he was removed from his job.

A spokesman said Nicholson was never allowed to have unmonitored access with children during his six-week placement.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Elizabeth Harvie told Nicholson she had no other option but to impose a custodial sentence.

She also ordered that he should be supervised by the authorities for two years on his release and placed him on the sex offender register for life.

Defence solicitor Gavin Anderson told the court his client posed no threat to children.

April 2012

School assistant’s child porn shame

A PERVERT teaching assistant was caught making child porn pics while he worked with primary kids.

Twisted Moray Nicholson landed a temporary classroom job at the school where his mum teaches.

But the voluntary placement ended in shame when detectives discovered the 22-year-old’s sordid behaviour at his Edinburgh home.

Nicholson — who passed vetting procedures as he’d no previous convictions — started his placement at Corstorphine Primary, where his mum Anne Kent, 51, works, in September 2010.

But at Edinburgh Sheriff Court he admitted taking, or permitting to be taken, or making, indecent photographs of children between July 24 and October 13 that year.

Education chiefs cut short his six-week volunteer work after they found out. Edinburgh City Council’s head of schools Mike Rosendale confirmed Nicholson’s placement. He added: “He did not have unsupervised access to pupils. We would like to emphasise these charges do not relate to his work placement.”

Sheriff Elizabeth Jarvie deferred sentence on Nicholson until next month