June 2015

Suspended sentence for teacher over indecent images

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A teacher who stored over 2,000 indecent images of children on his computers at home and at work has been sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Anthony Fuggle, 58, taught at St Paul’s School in Barnes. The images were discovered whilst IT maintenance was carried out at the school.

The children in the pictures on his computers were between 12 and 16 years old.

Fuggle was convicted of 10 counts of making indecent photographs of children and five counts of possessing indecent photographs of children.

He was given a community order, a supervision order and sexual offences prevention order, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and was ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

Alumni of the school include Chancellor George Osborne, former attorney general Dominic Grieve and actor Rory Kinnear.

May 2015

Teacher at elite boys’ school pleads guilty to possessing & making thousands of indecent images of children

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A former teacher at an elite boys’ school is facing jail after pleading guilty to possessing and making thousands of indecent images of children.

Anthony Fuggle was a classics master at Colet Court, the junior division of St Paul’s Preparatory School in Barnes, south-west London, whose alumni include Chancellor George Osborne.

The 58-year-old admitted six counts of possessing indecent images of children, and seven counts of making indecent images of children on or before September 10 2013.

He was found to be in possession of more than 1,000 still and moving images of children.

Investigations also revealed that he had downloaded almost 2,000 images of youngsters – some as young as 12 – which included topless boys in shorts, boys on a beach, and naked straddling boys.

Four counts of making indecent images of the most severe level, Category A, were left to lie on file after he pleaded not guilty to them.

Fuggle appeared at Kingston Crown Court for a brief hearing and the case was adjourned until June 5 for sentencing.

Jane Humphryes QC asked for the matter to be put off for reports, saying: “He has been seeking help for a number of months now – there is a limit to actual help he can find at this stage.

“He has been seeing a therapist at least once a week.”

Fuggle was released on bail on the conditions that he does not go to Colet Court school, or be in the company of anyone under the age of 16 unless supervised.

The former teacher from Sutton in Surrey is reported to have resigned from his post at the prestigious school after he was arrested in September 2013.

He was the first person to be charged under the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Winthorpe.

The investigation was set up to investigate allegations of historic sexual abuse and misconduct at St Paul’s and Colet Court.