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Senior Education official jailed for 15 weeks over child images

Senior Education official jailed for 15 weeks over child images

Friday 24 March 2023

Senior Education official jailed for 15 weeks over child images

Friday 24 March 2023


A senior official in the Education Department has been sentenced to 15 weeks in prison after admitting downloading indecent images of children from the internet.

60-year-old David Gerald Berry was sentenced by Magistrate’s Court on Friday after he had pleaded guilty in February.

As well as the prison sentence, he was given a five-year restraining order and was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Police were alerted by an external agency that a number of indecent images of children had been downloaded between June and October last year by someone at the address where Berry lived alone. 

Police executed a warrant under the Protection of Children’s Law at the address in October, where officers seized digital devices owned by Berry. 

The States of Jersey Police Digital Forensic Unit recovered a total of 357 category C images – the lowest category of severity - on two different devices. 

After his sentence, the police said that anyone who has concerns about suspected child sexual abuse or exploitation can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 519000 or the Public Protection Unit at Police Headquarters via 612612. 

Sexual assault referral centre Dewberry House can be contacted on 888222.

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