Pinxton head jailed for filming children

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The former head teacher of a Pinxton primary school has been jailed for ten months after secretly filming pupils getting changed.

Matthew Pendleton, 37, was arrested in January and suspended as head of Kirkstead Junior School.

Yesterday, Friday, July 19, he pleaded guilty to four charges of voyeurism and 12 of making indecent images of children.

Officer in charge the case detective constable Simon English said: “Pendleton was in a position of trust as head of Kirkstead Junior School and he gravely abused that position.”

Pendleton’s offences came to light when police discovered an IP address in Elmwood Drive, Alfreton was being used to access indecent images of children, which were traced back to his home.

Police seized computers and data storage devices from his house.

During interview, Pendleton told officers he had secretly filmed children for his own use, though Det Con English said: “We have no reason to suspect he ever shared these particular images with anyone and we are confident that none of the children were physically abused.”

He continued:“We have worked closely with staff and parents at the school during the investigation and I would like to thank them for their support.”

Derbyshire County Council has issued a statement on behalf of Kirkstead Junior School.

“This has been difficult and upsetting for everyone affected by what Matthew Pendleton has done,” it reads.

“Staff governors and parents are all shocked by his behaviour, the breach of trust and the impact on the local community.

“Parents can be confident that we will take appropriate action where there is wrongdoing and pupils know they can talk to us if they have concerns.

“We have and will continue to work hard and do what we can to ensure that every child is safe when they’re at school and in our care.

“Importantly we are continuing to provide a high quality education for all our pupils so they face happy and successful futures.”