A SCHOOL caretaker was found with indecent images after concerns were raised about the type of websites he was accessing while at work. 

Richard Burt, of Cornwall Road, Salisbury, was sentenced today (July 8) after pleading guilty to making indecent images of children.

He was given an 18-month community order, will be recorded on the Sex Offenders Register for five years and must abide by the conditions of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

The 66-year-old was arrested in August 2020 after an internet monitoring company alerted police about his computer use. Concerns were raised about the type of websites he was accessing while at work.

When officers forensically examined his mobile phone and tablet, they found evidence of indecent images of children.

Burt, who was employed as a site manager at Manor Fields School in Salisbury, was immediately suspended while the investigation progressed.

He previously pleaded guilty at Salisbury Magistrates' Court on April 29 to one charge of making indecent images of children.

The charge said that between March 31, 2020 and August 12, 2020 he had 32 category C images.

Detective Constable Jason Walsh, from Wiltshire Police’s Child Internet Exploitation Team, said: “Due to the fact that Burt worked in a school, his internet use was being monitored and, because of the nature of some of the websites he was accessing, the company alerted the police.

"We were able to act swiftly and make an arrest, seizing his devices so these could be examined for evidence of the viewing or downloading of child abuse images.

“We know that this case is likely to cause concern amongst the community, particularly for people who know Burt through his work at a school. However, while every child who is pictured in these types of images, is a very real victim of abuse, it is important to note that we have found no evidence of Burt either taking pictures of children known to him or committing offences against children known to him.

“We hope this case highlights the proactive work which is constantly taking place to identify offenders who access indecent images of children and ensure they are brought to justice.”

A Wiltshire Council spokesperson added: “The safeguarding of pupils is our priority and we have been working closely with the school and the police since this came to light. This has been a difficult time for the school community and we have provided support as they have followed all the necessary safeguarding procedures.”