Former deputy headteacher warned he faces prison over indecent images

No pupils at Acland Burghley School were put at risk

Wednesday, 24th April 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Paul Newbury

Paul Newbury

A FORMER associate headteacher at a school in Tufnell Park was warned today (Wednesday) he is likely to be jailed after being found in possession of indecent images of children.

Paul Newbury, 50, who was working at Acland Burghley Secondary School when he was arrested last year, had been due to be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court earlier. He pleaded guilty last month to having class A drugs and charges relating to the images.

But Judge Michael Grieve QC adjourned the hearing for four weeks for a pre-sentence report to be made.

He told Mr Newbury: “You have to understand, in light of the extent and nature of your offending, you are very likely to be facing an immediate custodial sentence. You must be under no illusions about that.”

The National Crime Agency, which investigated, said Mr Newbury – a former head of music at Camden School for Girls – had been in an online conferencing room in October 2017 where film of abuse of a 10-year-old girl was shown.

An analysis of electronic devices found more than 2,000 sexual abuse images. Cocaine was also found at his address and he later admitted possessing GHB, methadone and crystal methamphetamine for personal use.

Acland Burghley in Burghley Road has told families that no pupils were put in danger during Mr Newbury’s time at the school – the role of associate headteacher is similar to being a deputy head – and that it quickly suspended and then fired him as soon as details of a police investigation emerged.

All school computers used regularly by Mr Newbury were removed and investigated by the NCA. They confirmed that no inappropriate material was found on school computers and that they found no evidence of drug use on-site. The inquiry focused on the activities at his Wood Green home.

As the details of the case emerged last month following his first appearance at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court and a NCA press release, the school staged meetings with parents and prospective parents, and set up professional support for any pupils troubled by the news.

Camden Council insisted that all its procedures were followed when Mr Newbury was hired by the school four years ago.

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