March 2013

Former head teacher of Birmingham school admits child abuse images charges

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A shamed former headmaster of a Birmingham church school has admitted eight child abuse images charges.

Father-of-two Keith Fisher wanted to be a “risk taker” after retiring from St Thomas Church of England School, in Ladywood, the city’s crown court heard.

The 62-year-old, of Kings Heath, looked at more than 12,000 images of girls as young as five. He had been freed from a life of responsibility and had “time on his hands”, his lawyer said.

Fisher avoided jail but was told by Judge Gregory Dickinson he had thrown his hard-earned reputation away and revealed a “terrible, shocking side” of his personality.

“Your real punishment isn’t what I will give you, but your shattered reputation which you have brought upon yourself and your loving family,” the judge said.

Fisher was handed a three-year community order with a requirement to attend a special course for adults who look at child porn.

He had pleaded guilty to eight charges of making indecent images of children.

Alistair Redford, prosecuting, said Fisher was arrested last June following an Interpol operation into child porn.

He said the images were found on Fisher’s computer and on discs at his home in Chesterwood Road, Kings Heath. He also downloaded 54 moving images.

Mr Redford said Fisher told police he began downloading pictures “every now and then” in 2009, the year after he retired from St Thomas.

He felt “disgusted” at himself, Fisher told officers.

Rhona Campbell, defending, said her client was not the kind of person who would actively seek out child porn.

“If there wasn’t the one-click availability of child porn, he would not have come upon it,” she said.

She added: “He had retired and had lots of time on his hands. His job had been very responsible and now he was retired, he could be a risk taker.”