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'Child abuse pics teacher' arrested at Swansea school

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

Gendros Primary School

A FORMER teacher accused of making more than 100 indecent images of children taught the rugby and football teams at his primary school, a court has heard.

Simon Williams, 45, of Bracken Road, Neath, denies 13 counts of making indecent images of children, involving 112 images in total.

He appeared in the dock yesterday on the second day of his trial at Swansea Crown Court.

The court heard how he was arrested on January 6, 2011, after being pulled out of teaching his Year 6 class at Gendros Primary School.

Williams was also the school's ICT co-ordinator.

Police had earlier seized two computers from his then Bryncoch home.

On his arrest he said: "Oh God. I am shocked. I don't know anything about it."

He was then taken to Neath police station where he asked: "Does it happen often? People being arrested and found to be innocent when computers are checked?"

A statement read to the court by head teacher Dean Williams said: "His ability to work with computers is considered to be greater than the average teacher in school."

Police forensic expert Andrew Evans also gave evidence during the trial.

He had told the court the images were saved into a temporary internet file, but said he did not find specific internet searches for terms including "child porn".

It was originally alleged Williams had made 113 images, but prosecutor Jim Davies said it had now been discovered one was a duplicate image.

Andrew Evans told the court a user could load a page which had indecent images on it and not know.

Tim Evans, representing Williams, said that if a user clicked on a pop-up advertisement they would not know what website that would take them to.

He said the family's second computer, used solely by Williams's son, was checked.

He said that after a You Tube search for "naked woman" was entered, four indecent images were found.

Tim Evans asked: "Within a few seconds, whoever that user was has gone from a relatively innocuous search term and has found these?"

"Yes," replied Andrew Evans.

The trial continues.

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