Former Wokingham teacher found guilty of child sexual offences

A SCHOOL in Wokingham has reassured parents that child sexual offences committed by a former teacher did not involve its pupils.

Daniel Fisher, 35, who used to teach science at The Holt School, in Holt Lane, was found guilty on Monday of two counts of making indecent images of children and 15 counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Fisher, of Merchants Place, Reading, was found guilty by a jury at Reading Crown Court following a week-long trial.

Officers from Thames Valley Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) carried out a warrant under the Protection of Children Act 1978 at Fisher’s home on December 31, 2013.

When the officers examined his computer, sexually explicit chat logs involving children and indecent images of children were found.

Fisher was arrested on December 31, 2013 and was subsequently charged with the offences on October 29, 2014.

Investigating officer Det Con Sandra Tearney, from the POLIT, said: “The jury found Fisher to have been in possession of indecent images of children and guilty of attempts to engage children in sexual activity online.

“This case is a pertinent reminder of the dangers of social media – do you know who your child is speaking to online?

“Thames Valley Police works to pursue those who offend, to provide support to victims and to ensure offenders are brought to justice.”

The school’s headteacher Suzanne Richards said in a statement on Tuesday: “We can confirm that Daniel Fisher was a teacher but is no longer employed by the school and has not taught here since December 2013.

“I would like to reassure our parents and the wider community that none of the offences for which he has been found guilty relate to any member of The Holt community.”

Fisher is due to be sentenced at the same court on February 8.

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  1. The article states “making indecent images”. This is very different to possessing them, I think this is a mistake based on other articles I’ve read. Don’t let this misunderstanding fuel even more hatred towards this deplorable man. Making images is a very different crime.

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