March 2021

Former school IT worker from Maidstone jailed for installing software to spy on people

A former school IT technician installed software onto work computers to spy on staff and was found with hundreds of indecent images of children.

Police were were tipped off about Andrew Cakebread, from Maidstone and launched an investigation

They had been passed information the 36-year-old had indecent images of children on his computers but the investigation led officers to discover footage that appeared to be from software installed on staff computers that allowed him to spy.

In February 2019 officers from Kent Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation team executed a warrant at his home address in Lower Stone Street, Maidstone.

He was arrested and officers took a desktop computer and external hard drive where they found 712 indecent images and 206 videos of children.

When officers searched the hard drive they also found videos of adults and children being filmed while working at computers and laptops.

akebread’s employers were unaware the software had been installed and had not authorised it to be.

The hard drive was found to contain a total of 6,724 videos of staff members and their family members, plus a further 79 webcam videos.

This led to his further arrest in March last year.

A further review revealed covert footage taken in the staff toilets which led to further interviews.

Cakebread was also charged with three counts of making indecent images of children, observing a person doing a private act and causing a computer to perform a function to secure or enable unauthorised access to a programme or data.

He pleaded guilty to the offences in October and he has now been jailed for 30 months after appearing at Maidstone Crown Court.