Grammar school RE teacher, 45, who was caught with a stash of indecent pictures of children and animal porn also made prostitutes wear school uniforms when paying them for sex
A schoolteacher who amassed more than 1,000 child sex abuse pictures and made prostitutes wear school uniforms for sex has been spared jail.
Robert Browne, who was an RE teacher at St Anselm’s College grammar school in Wirral, admitted to possessing 1,468 illegal photographs of children, plus 80 extreme porn images, showing people having sex with animals.
He also accepted downloading 38 Category A – the most serious category – plus 44 Category B and 1,386 Category C indecent images.
Judge Anil Murray said Browne, who also collected printed non-indecent photos of schoolgirls, confessed to being ‘addicted’.
Today, the 45-year-old was given 12 months in jail, suspended for two years, and ordered to attend a 60-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement after Irish police found a USB containing indecent images which he left at a hostel.
Browne resigned from his job as RE teacher at the all-boys school due to ‘personal reasons beyond our control’ last November.
A pre-sentence report recommended Browne should be spared jail and Judge Murray told him his behaviour since his arrest suggested it was ‘worth giving you a chance to mend your ways’.
Judge Murray ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.
Simon Duncan, for the prosecution, said Merseyside Police were tipped off about the USB find by Irish police, and then raided his Tranmere home in October 2016.
He said: ‘Two laptops were seized, along with quantities of children’s clothing, including school uniforms.’
‘None of them involved particularly young children, perhaps in keeping with what the defendant said about his interests.
‘It was consistent with his interest in particularly schoolgirls in uniform. He said he was interested in females aged eight to 17.
‘A regards the school uniform and clothing recovered from his arrest, he said he paid prostitutes to dress up in certain articles of clothing.
‘This was so he could take part in sexual activities, thus it appears, acting out his fantasies. In relation to bestiality images, he explained he needed extreme material, as he had become somewhat desensitised.’
Police were unaware about any complaints of inappropriate behaviour from any of his formal pupils, Mr Duncan said.
David Woods, for the defence, said Mr Browne was not looking to minimise the severity of his crimes.
Mr Woods said: ‘He accepts wholeheartedly that what he has done is wrong. He is ashamed of his behaviour.
‘He was not a teacher for the purpose of facilitating interests, nor did he do anything that would take his deviant interests any further.
‘He of course will no longer be able to teach any children, although he believed he was a good teacher.’
Mr Browne is said to be ‘extremely remorseful’ and has since given up drinking, according to Mr Woods.
The paedophile has also completed a 10-week sex offenders programme, which he paid for out of his own pocket, while also paying for a 12-step Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous course and to see a psychologist.