TEACHER IN PORN SHAME.
William Paul Hogan, 49, admitted two charges of downloading indecent photographs of children between July 2001 and August 2002.
Bootle magistrates heard his wife had tipped off police about her husband's activity.
Now living at Ballantrae Road, Allerton, Hogan's family home address was not disclosed in court to protect his wife and two daughters.
Magistrates heard that last August 26 police were tipped off that he had been accessing child porn on the internet.
His lap top computer was later found to contain more than 400 indecent images of children.
He admitted downloading the photographs and told detectives he too had been abused as a child.
Hogan resigned as head of maths at Campion High school, Everton, weeks later. Defence solicitor Tony Nelson presented a report to magistrates including a supportive character reference from his wife and teaching colleagues.
He said: ``When children have been abused it comes back to them sometimes when they are 30 or perhaps when they are 50.
``The manifestation of that abuse has come back with this man drinking alone at home at night and looking at indecent images of children.''
``He is a middle-aged man consumed with shame and remorse.''
Mr Nelson saidHogan had only viewed ``level 1" images featuring erotic poses but no sexual activity and had no intention of using the photographs commercially.
Hogan, who has no previous convictions, received a three-year community rehabilitation order with pounds 250 court costs.
He was placed on the sex offenders' register for five years.
Stuart Smith, Liverpool's assistant director of education, said: ``We are glad this matter is resolved and that there are rigorous procedures in place to protect children.''
SHAME: William Hogan arrives at court
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Feb 6, 2003|
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