Pervert teacher who taught in Sevenoaks is spared jail after admitting child porn charges
By kentsussex | Thursday, November 01, 2012, 10:20
A teacher who once taught at Knole Academy has been spared jail after admitting child porn charges.
Jeremy Allison, 29, was given a three-month jail sentence suspended for two years with a supervision order attached.
He was also put on the sex offenders' register for five years and made the subject of a sex offenders' prevention order banning unsupervised contact with children under 16.
Maidstone Crown Court was told that Allison, of Balmoral Road, Gillingham, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was caught with film clips of child sex abuse.
Two were graded five, the highest level of seriousness, and seven were at four.
The clips were discovered by a technician asked to look at Allison's computer. He then contacted the police.
The sentence has prompted some criticism from parents of pupils at Knole, where Allison taught from September 2010 to September 2011.
Kelly Hollman, of Armstrong Close, in Halstead, has a daughter at the school who had Mr Allison as a form tutor and maths teacher last year.
She said: "Personally I would have thought he would have gone to jail for doing something like that.
"It's a bit of a shock and it is quite worrying because now he could just carry on doing it and no one would know.
"He should have gone to prison."
Allison's counsel, Sara Haroon, said that because of what he had done he had effectively lost everything – his job, his good character, his dignity and his reputation.
She continued: "The offences were committed at a particularly low and lonely time in his life.
"He was struggling with his medical condition one of the symptoms of which is acute depression."
Sentencing him, Judge Charles Byers said that with Allison's guilty plea and good character he was looking at a three-month sentence of which he would serve about six weeks.
But the judge said after a jail sentence Allison would be released in the same situation he was in now.
Suspending the sentence he said: "I have to balance that with doing something constructive. Quite frankly I don't see the point in locking people up for six weeks."