64 YEAR OLD UK TEACHER SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

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The accused maintained that he had never touched any children inappropriately despite producing and viewing child pornography



An IT teacher in Leeds who was arrested early last year for child pornography has pleaded guilty to the charges levelled against him.

64-year old Mark Duckworth who has been in the education field for 40 years, was arraigned before the Leeds Crown Court presided over by Judge GeoffreyMarson where he pleaded guilty to four charges of producing lewd photography of children.

Law enforcement presented in court evidence which proved that at the time of Duckworth’s arrest at his family home, he had about 46 images with disturbing content in them on two laptops confiscated by the West Yorkshire Police.

They posit that of the 46 pictures, 29 of them portrayed children between the ages of 2 and 15 in revolting sexual positions in the most abusive circumstances, classified as Category A. And as a result of their investigations, they determined that none of the compromised children in the imagery were in direct contact with Duckworth or in close proximity to where he worked.

Pictured: Mark Duckworth

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They alleged that he had used the dark web to find child pornography and had cleaning tools on the computers to cover his tracks, rather unsuccessfully as he was found out and was flagged after Police noticed his IP address was live and accessing the dark web.

His defence stated that Duckworth, despite being caught in the act was not a pedophile, and that he was only trying to get over an alcohol addiction and was mortified by the case which had in effect destroyed his life and his source of livelihood.

Judge Marson before sentencing said,

You are 64 years of age and for very many years you were a teacher and when you retired you became a supply teacher. Before this you had lived a decent and honest and hardworking life. You have no previous convictions. For reasons which is difficult to understand, other than you having a sexual interest in children, you had downloaded a number of movies.

He continued, berating Duckworth for his disturbing actions,

These images showed children aged two to 15 years of age. These are vile and disgusting images. The agony to which those children are subjected by perpetrators of these acts cannot adequately be described in words.

He added,

By downloading and viewing these you, in your own way, contribute to their misery and degradation. You should be thoroughly ashamed of your behaviour.

Before handing down Duckworth a two-year suspended sentence of 8 months in prison. In addition to his suspended sentence, Judge Marson ruled that Duckworth register as a sex offender for the next 10 years, attend a 30-day rehab facility and engage in its approved activities as well as commit to a hundred hours of unpaid work.

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