March 2009

GROVE PARK & ORPINGTON: Child porn teacher sentenced

A TEACHER from Grove Park who admitted possessing child porn on his computer has been sentenced.

Matthew Quinney, of Castleton Road, was arrested in February last year after police found the illegal material on his home computer.

At the time, the 31-year-old was a teacher at the Federation of Tubbenden Schools in Sandy Bury, Orpington, although he was immediately suspended by Bromley Council.

Quinney, who has since handed in his resignation, last month pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to 22 charges of possessing indecent images of children.

On Friday (March 13), Quinney was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also given a supervision order and ordered to participate in a 14-month internet sex offenders’ programme.

He has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and disqualified from working with children indefinitely.

After Quinney pleaded guilty, a council spokesman said: “We condemn Matthew Quinney’s criminal actions.

“His offences were a complete breach of trust towards his pupils and colleagues, even though they were not directly related to Tubbenden Schools.”