The Crypt School helped the authorities with their investigation into former teacher Gilbert Antony.
A Gloucester secondary school teacher has admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Former The Crypt School teacher, Gilbert Antony of who was living in Newport, was charged with four offences which date from May 2020 through to June this year.
The 52 year old teacher had worked at The Crypt School for 20 years. The school worked with police while the investigation was ongoing and is “satisfied that the criminal behaviour did not involve the school or any of its pupils past or present”.
It added it has completed a “thorough review of its safeguarding procedures, which were found to be robust and effective.”
The offences include distributing an indecent photograph of a child which is said to have been committed between May 2020 and June 2022. Possessing indecent photographs of a child and possessing prohibited image of a child which the offence was committed on June 2022 and distributing an indecent image of a child which the offence was committed in July 2020.
Gilbert Antony was committed to prison for 10 months suspended for two years and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years. He is also required to register with police in accordance with the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for 10 years as well as instructed to pay £156 victim surcharge.
The Crypt School was alerted to the criminal activity of Antony at his home in Wales. A letter dated July 25 was sent to parents and carers of students at the school informing them of the arrest and charge of the former teacher.
Headmaster at The Crypt school Nicholas Dyer said: “We can confirm that a former teacher at The Crypt school was arrested and convicted regarding offences committed at his home in South Wales. We have co-operated fully with the police and the local authority and are satisfied that the criminal behaviour did not involve the school or any of its pupils past or present.
“The safety of our pupils is paramount and we have written to all pupils, parents and carers to reassure them that the school has completed a thorough review of its safeguarding procedures, which were found to be robust and effective.”
Gloucestershire County Council have been working with The Crypt School to review it’s safeguarding procedures. This investigation of current procedure found the school had done all they can to ensure the children are kept safe.
Source: Gloucestershire Live