May 2010

School manager jailed for child porn

A school manager was sentenced to four months in prison today after she was found with indecent images of children and videos of bestiality, police said.

Melanie Gunn, 37, from Driby, Lincolnshire, admitted nine charges of possessing indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

Lincolnshire Police said today that they began an investigation after Gunn took her computer to an IT repair shop in Louth in July 2009.

The shop’s owner found the indecent images and reported Gunn, who was independent learning manager at the John Spendluffe College in Alford, to police.

When detectives raided her home they discovered more images of child pornography, some in the most serious category, and sadistic videos, including acts of bestiality.

At Lincoln Crown Court today she was jailed for four months.

Gunn was also handed a lifetime ban from working with children and will be placed on the sex offenders register for seven years. She has already resigned from her job.

Detective Superintendent Guy Collings, who led the investigation, said: “Melanie Gunn was an outwardly respectable person, holding down a good job.

“I am delighted with the judge’s decision to impose a custodial sentence as it sends out the clear message to anyone considering accessing these type of images that they will be dealt with seriously and can expect to go to prison.

“Behind every image there is a real child being abused and in distress.”