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Deputy head of at £15,000-a-year Roman Catholic school where Julian Clary and Lord Patten went faces jail for having hundreds of child sex abuse images on his iPhone

  • Peter Allott, 37, admitted possessing 260 images of child sexual abuse
  • As well as iPhone images were found on his hard drive at the school 
  • Allot was deputy head of independent St Benedict’s School in Ealing
  • Roman Catholic school has confirmed he has since resigned 
  • He will be sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court, London, on May 5 
Peter Allott, 37, pictured, admitted possessing more than 260 images and videos of child sexual abuse

Peter Allott, 37, pictured, admitted possessing more than 260 images and videos of child sexual abuse

The deputy head of an independent Roman Catholic school is facing jail after he admitted possessing hundreds of images of child sexual abuse.

Peter Allott, 37, kept the material on his iPhone and a hard drive which were found in his office at the £15,000-per year St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London.

More than 260 images and videos were found on the devices, Blackfriars Crown Court heard.

Allott was arrested last December by officers from the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command acting on intelligence that an individual had been using video conferencing facilities to share indecent images of children with others.

The former Tory councillor admitted possessing, showing and making category A indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

Allott began working as a teacher at St Benedict’s in 2004 and was promoted to deputy head in 2012.

The school has previously been attended by comedian Julian Clary, BBC chairman Lord Patten and actor Andy Serkis.

St Benedict’s and the linked Benedictine monastery, Ealing Abbey, faced a scandal over a failure to protect pupils in 2011.

An inquiry was launched in which five monks and three former teachers were linked to child abuse, though Allott was not one of them.

In a statement released after Allott was charged a spokesman for St Benedict’s School said: ‘As a result of these charges Mr Allott will be suspended from his duties and instructed to avoid contact with anyone from the school.

‘He has since resigned from his position at the school.

‘The school was in contact with his solicitor about his suspension and they told us he was resigning.’

Allott was deputy head at independent Roman Catholic St Benedict's School in Ealing, west London, pictured

Allott was deputy head at independent Roman Catholic St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, pictured

Julian Clary is a former pupil at St Benedict's

BBC Chairman Lord Patten is another notable alumni from the Ealing school

Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis is another ex-pupil of St Benedict's

Among notable alumni from the school are comedian Julian Clary, left, BBC chairman Lord Patten, centre and actor Andy Serkis, right

Allott, of no fixed address, is now expected to be sentenced on 5 May.

Matt Sutton from the NCA’s CEOP Command said: ‘Whilst there is no evidence that Peter Allott abused his position of trust at his place of work, we consider he posed a significant risk due to nature of the images he was sharing.

‘We will continue to identify individuals who think they can share indecent images of children under the radar of law enforcement, and ensure they are brought to justice.’

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