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Child sex images teacher faces jail

A former teacher at an elite boys' school is facing jail after pleading guilty to possessing and making thousands of indecent images of children.

Anthony Fuggle was a classics master at Colet Court, the junior division of St Paul's Preparatory School in Barnes, south-west London, whose alumni include Chancellor George Osborne.

The 58-year-old admitted six counts of possessing indecent images of children, and seven counts of making indecent images of children on or before September 10 2013.

He was found to be in possession of more than 1,000 still and moving images of children.

Investigations also revealed that he had downloaded almost 2,000 images of youngsters - some as young as 12 - which included topless boys in shorts, boys on a beach, and naked straddling boys.

Four counts of making indecent images of the most severe level, Category A, were left to lie on file after he pleaded not guilty to them.

Fuggle appeared at Kingston Crown Court for a brief hearing and the case was adjourned until June 5 for sentencing.

Jane Humphryes QC asked for the matter to be put off for reports, saying: "He has been seeking help for a number of months now - there is a limit to actual help he can find at this stage.

"He has been seeing a therapist at least once a week."

Fuggle was released on bail on the conditions that he does not go to Colet Court school, or be in the company of anyone under the age of 16 unless supervised.

The former teacher from Sutton in Surrey is reported to have resigned from his post at the prestigious school after he was arrested in September 2013.

He was the first person to be charged under the Metropolitan Police's Operation Winthorpe.

The investigation was set up to investigate allegations of historic sexual abuse and misconduct at St Paul's and Colet Court.

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