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Teacher at Catholic school charged with possessing images of child abuse

by Press Association

The deputy head teacher of a primary school has been charged with possessing online images of child abuse.

Richard Swinnerton, of Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, faces three counts, relating to category A, the most severe, and categories B and C.

The 30-year-old, who has resigned from his job at St Clare's Catholic Primary School in Middlesbrough, will appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court on July 10.

The National Crime Agency said that there is no evidence to suggest any of the alleged images were made at the school, and there are no allegations that Swinnerton committed physical abuse.

Elizabeth Eddies, St Clare's headteacher, said: "I wish to assure all parents that the well-being and safety of children at St Clare's remains of paramount importance.

"These charges do not relate to his employment at the school. This is deeply upsetting news for everybody involved with St Clare's, which has served the local community and families for over 50 years."

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