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Paedophile ‘used Amazon vouchers to buy child porn online’

A paedophile teaching assistant who swapped Amazon vouchers for child sexual abuse pornography is facing jail.

Kevin Sheppard offered eight coupons worth £365 to an online seller in exchange for the sick footage between June and September 2018.

The 26-year-old, who worked at Huxlow Science College in Northamptonshire, admitted his desire for underage girls in a police interview.

He requested a video of a 15-year-old girl from the seller, who is now under police investigation.

None of Sheppard’s offences were linked to the college and he resigned the day after officers arrested him in June 2019.

He was detained at his home in Kettering where police recovered his iPhone and laptop.

Sheppard’s phone had an app which contained 46 category A (the most severe) images of child abuse; 19 category B and 35 category C.

His laptop contained 17 category B videos of child sexual abuse and 10 category C images, Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard.

Sheppard admitted three counts of making indecent images of children (IIOC) between September 2014 and July 2019, and one count of encouraging the distribution of IIOC in July 2018.

NCA operations manager Robbie Slater said: ‘There is no greater priority for the NCA than protecting children from sexual abuse.

‘Offenders like Sheppard who view indecent images fuel more and more sexual abuse of children.’

Steve Gordon, principal of Huxlow Science College, said: ‘We are appalled to learn of the conduct of a former teaching assistant.

‘The safety of all students at our school is our highest priority and we have stringent procedures in place which have been fully complied with.

‘Immediately after his arrest, Mr Sheppard was no longer permitted to enter the school grounds and he resigned from his post.

‘We are reassured that the NCA investigation confirmed that no students or school equipment were involved in any of the offences.’

Sheppard will be sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on 25 August.

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