A FORMER school teacher has been jailed after being convicted of a string of making indecent images. 

Andrew Cork, 38, formerly of Jeffery Close, Wokingham, admitted a number of offences relating to indecent images and publishing obscene articles. 

He was sentenced to three years and two months in prison, and will remain on the sex offenders register for life, and has also been made subject to a sexual harm prevention order. 

Cork, who worked at  Woodley Church of England School between 2012 and 2016, as well as being a karate instructor, used peer to peer sites on the internet to obtain and share child abuse material, and published an obscene story on a website. 

He was charged on May 17 2017, and appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday January 25 2018 where he admitted the charges. 

On January 29 2018, he returned to the same court where he was given his sentence. 

A spokesman for Woodley Church of England School said: "He no longer works for us, so we do not wish to make any comment."

Following the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Paul Reece, from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), said: “Andrew Cork is a determined and committed paedophile who only acknowledged his guilt days before his trial was due to start.

“Thames Valley Police completed a thorough investigation into his online offending leaving him little option but to plead guilty, having consistently refused to accept responsibility throughout. Despite there not being any direct physical contact with victims in this case, the sharing of images online facilitates child abuse and results in severe and lasting harm to the child victims.

“Thames Valley Police will continue to work tirelessly to seek out and prosecute anyone who uses the internet to obtain and distribute child abuse material and the length of Cork’s sentence reflects the severity of the offending.”