Crime & the Law

Barnes schoolteacher faces jail for possessing indecent images of children

Kingston Crown Court. Image: Google Street View.

Kingston Crown Court. Image: Google Street View.

A former teacher at an ‘elite boys’ school’ in south-west London is facing jail after pleading guilty to possessing and creating thousands of indecent images of children.

The school’s alumni include Chancellor George Osborne,

58 year old Anthony Fuggle, worked as classics master at Colet Court, the junior division of St Paul’s Preparatory School in Barnes.

The court heard he was found to be in possession of more than 1,000 still and moving images of children.

He appeared at Kingston Crown Court for a brief hearing.

The case was adjourned until 5th of June.

He admitted six counts of possessing indecent images of children, and seven counts of making indecent images of children on or before 10th of September 2013.

Investigations also revealed that he had downloaded almost 2,000 images of youngsters as young as 12.

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

Sentencing has been postponed until June.

Jane Humphryes QC said:

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.

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