A PRIMARY school teacher has admitted making indecent images of children and possessing extreme animal porn at court.
Simon Clannachan, 40, of Richmond Park Avenue, pleaded guilty to 21 counts at Bournemouth Crown Court.
The charges relate to 236 child abuse images of varying levels of severity, from grade one to the highest level, grade five.
The Kingsleigh Primary School teacher, who was suspended from his job and has since resigned, clasped his hands in front of him and rocked on his heels as he admitted the charges, which date from March 2009 until the same month of this year.
Seven of the charges relate to extreme pornographic images involving animals.
The rest of the charges relate to making indecent images of children.
Clannachan, who wore a suit and purple tie, looked ashen as he told the court he was guilty of each of the charges.
He kept his eyes fixed forward during the short hearing, when each of the 21 charges were read aloud.
His voice shook when admitting to all animal pornography charges.
Clannachan, represented by Kevin Hill, will be sentenced on July 26 at the same court.
He faces a number of bail conditions, including not to return to Kingsleigh Primary School without prior appointment, not to visit Richmond Park Road and not to have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.
Kingsleigh headteacher Richard Gower said: “We are pleased this matter has been concluded through the Justice system and that Mr Clannachan has pleaded guilty to these heinous crimes.
“This has been a very difficult time for all those involved, not just our staff, many of whom have felt a deep sense of anger and betrayal that one of our profession could engage in such activities, but for everyone in our school community.
“Our parents particularly have been very supportive of the school and the actions that we have taken and I would like to extend my praise and sincere thanks to them for their understanding and patience in coming to terms with the situation. It has not been easy for any of us to say the least and support remains in place for those in need.
“There has been a thorough multi agency investigation throughout involving the Police and Children’s Social Care and from the very outset of this being brought to our attention Mr Clannachan has not returned to our school.
“I wish to make it clear that had he not resigned we would have brought dismissal proceedings against him.
“The school checks and vets all staff thoroughly and has robust safeguarding procedures in place to ensure children in its care are not at risk. Mr Clannachan was also subject to those checks but he had no previous record against him. He most certainly does now.
“Kingsleigh Primary is a great school where children thrive and teachers are passionate about learning. We have much to be proud of and one individual’s criminal actions does not change the way we feel about the school.
“As we learn to move on from this brief but dark chapter in our history I can speak for everyone at the school when I say we continue to concentrate our efforts on enabling all our children to reach their full potential in a safe environment. They deserve this.”