Former headteacher charged with child sex abuse image offences

PUBLISHED: 15:28 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 November 2017

A former Stevenage and St Albans headteacher has been charged with six offences relating to child sex abuse images.

A former Stevenage and St Albans headteacher has been charged with six offences relating to child sex abuse images.

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A former headteacher has been charged with six offences relating to online child sex abuse images.

Miraz Triggs – of Ickleton Road in Elmdon, near Saffron Walden – was, until summer 2017, a science teacher at Barnwell School in Stevenage.

The 46-year-old was previously head of the Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering in Stevenage, was assistant head at Barnwell during a previous spell there from 2003 to 2012, and was briefly head of St Albans’ Batchwood School after being appointed in 2016.

He was arrested on June 9 and questioned by officers from Essex Police’s online investigation team, before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

On Friday, he was charged with three counts of making indecent images of children, possession of extreme pornography, possession of prohibited images of children and distribution of indecent images of children.

He has been released on bail to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on December 19.

School head Tony Fitzpatrick has today written to parents to inform them of the charges and to reassure parents that the teacher has not been at Barnwell since the school became aware of the investigation, and that the school no longer employs Mr Triggs.

Mr Fitzpatrick wrote: “While I appreciate that this news will come as a shock to you, please note that this is the first opportunity we have been able to share this information, due to strict confidentiality rules in place during the investigation.”

He added that the charges relate specifically to images taken from the internet as opposed to any direct physical contact with children, and that there was no evidence Mr Triggs had personally taken photographs.

Mr Fitzpatrick said: “We would like to reassure you that there is also no evidence of any inappropriate contact between Mr Triggs and any child at the school, or any suggestion that offences have been committed on the school grounds.

“The safeguarding of children within our school remains our priority. As these charges do not relate to any activity within the school, and we do not expect any disclosures from our students related to this, we have not informed them of this news.”

Anyone with information should call the Essex Police online investigation team on 101.

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