A SENIOR Education Department official has been sentenced to 15 weeks in prison after admitting downloading hundreds of indecent images of children from the internet.
David Gerald Berry (60) was sentenced in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday after pleading guilty in February.
Berry was also given a five-year restraining order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.
The States police were alerted by an external agency that a number of indecent images of children had been downloaded between June and October last year by someone at the address where Berry lived alone.
Police executed a warrant under the Protection of Children’s Law at the address in October, when officers seized digital devices owned by Berry.
The States of Jersey Police Digital Forensic Unit recovered a total of 357 category C images – the lowest category of severity – on two different devices.
After his sentence, the States police said that anyone who has concerns about suspected child sexual abuse or exploitation can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 519000 or the Public Protection Unit at Police Headquarters via 612612.
Sexual assault referral centre Dewberry House can be contacted on 888222.