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Teacher from Denstone College detained by police in child porn enquiry

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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A TEACHER at a fee-paying school has been arrested over allegations involving child pornography.

Staffordshire Police arrested Alun James, a teacher of French and geography at Denstone College, on April 14.

In a letter to parents, the school said: “Following a police investigation, a member of staff, Alun James, a teacher of French and geography at the college, was arrested by the police on Monday, April 14 for possession of, and distribution of, child pornography.

“The investigating police officer has informed the head teacher that there is no suggestion that any of our pupils or members of staff have been involved in the matter for which Mr James was arrested.

“Mr James was suspended with immediate effect by the head teacher on the afternoon of Monday, April 14.”

In a statement, Staffordshire Police said: “Officers arrested a 57-year-old man in Denstone on Monday, April 14.

“He was arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

“He has been bailed, pending further inquiries, to a date in October.”

Denstone College second master and registrar James Hartley said: “I can confirm a member of staff was arrested on Monday, April 14 at school and we have sent out a letter to parents to keep everyone informed.”

Mr James has worked at the school for more than 30 years and was resident on site.

Denstone College is a co-educational boarding and day school, founded in1868 by Nathaniel Woodard with the aim of providing education based on “sound principle and sound knowledge, firmly grounded in the Christian faith”.

It performed well in recent inspections, with Ofsted declaring its boarding provision ‘outstanding’ with, unusually, no recommendations for improvement.

Boarders at the pre-university school pay between £15,792 and £22,944 per year.

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