EXCLUSIVE: Cops find “illegal images” on home computer of Derbyshire school IT technician

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A former IT technician at a Chesterfield school has been jailed after “illegal images” were found on his home computer, the Derbyshire Times has learned.

Martin Barnsdall worked at Old Hall Junior School until September last year.

He was suspended and later resigned from his role at the school amid allegations about the images. He has since been found guilty and jailed.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Sharon Stone said: “We were shocked and dismayed when the allegations came to light but I would like to pass on reassurance from the police that there was no evidence to suggest the offences related in any way to pupils at our school.

“We take the safety of our pupils seriously and I can assure you we acted quickly to suspend Martin Barnsdall as soon as the police made us aware of the allegations, taking all the appropriate action in consultation with all the relevant authorities.”