October 2002

Jail for internet porn teacher

A teacher whose wife told police that he downloaded child pornography from the internet was jailed yesterday.

Andrew Guffick, 34, had deleted more than 100 images from floppy discs but they were retrieved by a computer analyst.

He pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court to nine charges of making indecent photographs of children.

The couple were going through a divorce when Guffick’s wife contacted police. Officers confiscated his two home computers and found the images of girls under 16 having sex with adults.

Rod Hunt, defending, said that Guffick, who taught at Chilton junior school, Co Durham, thought he had destroyed the “vile” images.

He said Guffick, whose teaching career was over and who spent 12 weeks as an in-patient at a psychiatric hospital, should be given a suspended prison sentence with supervision order.

Judge David Bryant said: “These are not isolated offences, nor is the amount of material very small.”

Guffick, of Ferryhill Station, Co Durham, was jailed for six months and ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years. His computers were confiscated.