Milton Keynes RE teacher had more than 250 indecent images of children

A religious studies teacher has pleaded guilty to a string of sexual offences after officers raided his home found more than 250 indecent images of children.

Thursday, 20th October 2016, 10:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 2:45 pm

Philip Allen, who has since been fired from his job at Shenley Brook End School, is a prominent figure in religious education nationally and has written frequently for the Times Educational Supplement.

SEE MORE: Milton Keynes RE teacher in court over indecent images of childrenThis week the 48-year-old married man from Potterspury, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to six charges of making indecent images of children and a charge of possessing prohibited images.

He admitted possessing 172 ‘category A’ indecent images of children, the most extreme kind. He also admitted having 46 category B images and 37 of category C.

Prosecuting, Jerena Tomaszewska said Allen’s crimes were uncovered after police seized his electronic devices in June during a raid on his house.

She said: “Images were found on a laptop and individual images found on an external hard drive.

“The report shows that some of the images were also backed up from the defendant’s iPad.”

SEE MORE: Milton Keynes RE teacher pleads guilty to making indecent images of childrenAllen had been a member of the TES teacher panel and a national TES advisor for key stage 4 religious studies.

He was bailed under a condition he could not come into unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.

Presiding magistrate Diana Whittaker told Allen: “Our powers of sentencing are insufficient for you, these charges are too serious.”

She referred Allen to Crown Court and he faces up to a year in prison.