A former teacher at a Rednal school has been ordered by a judge to take part in a 3 year sex offenders programme after indecent images of children were found on his home computer.
Wayne Ketcher, 30, lost his job as a PE teacher at Colmers School when the images were discovered by police last year.
At Worcester Crown Court, Ketcher pleaded guilty to seven counts of downloading over 1000 pornographic images of various levels, mostly of teenage girls, over a 3 year period 2010-13.
Ketcher’s solicitor said that, after his arrest, he had realised he had a problem and had voluntarily sought help from an organisation.
The Bromsgrove Advertiser reports: “Judge Robert Juckes, QC, told him he had lost the job he had worked to gain qualifications for, because of the serious offences.
“He said Ketcher would have been given a jail sentence if the community group work for sex offenders had not been available, but he will now be under supervision by the probation service for three years while he is on the programme.”
Ketcher will not be allowed to work with children and will not be allowed unsupervised contact with any girl under 18. He will be placed on the sex offenders register for 5 years.
In a statement to parents released on their website, Colmers school headteacher Barry Doherty said: “Given the details of the case, I know that this information will concern many families.
“I wish to emphasise that the alleged offences have no connection to Colmers School or any member of its community whatsoever.”
Any parent or carer with concerns is advised to contact Mr Doherty or deputy heads Mrs Pavey or Mr Adams at the school.