I Acted in Pupils' Interests, Says Porn Charge Teacher; Accused Admits 'Testing' Search Engines

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I Acted in Pupils' Interests, Says Porn Charge Teacher; Accused Admits 'Testing' Search Engines


Byline: CHLOE GRIFFITHS

A TEACHER has claimed concern over students accessing explicit material sparked him into searching the internet with inappropriate terms.

History and politics tutor Benjamin Williams, 35, admitted he inputted phrases such as "child porn", but insisted he was simply "testing" internet search engines for the protection of his pupils.

The former Labour councillor told Liverpool Crown Court his work for the Children's Services Committee and at Southport's King George V (KGV) college had made him particularly aware of child protection issues.

He said: "It was something I felt strongly about after becoming a father in 2004. It was something I was actively involved in through the council and work."

Williams, of Townsend Avenue, Norris Green, said he had become increasingly concerned after his students had discussed the content available on internet websites such as You Tube. He admitted he entered terms including "Lolita", "child porn" and "child XXX" into school computers, but told jurors: "I was effectively testing the search engine.

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