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Paedophile Eton college master jailed after he used a school photography club as a cover for abuse

Paedophile Eton college master, 50, jailed after he used a school photography club as a cover for abuse, creating thousands of sick child abuse images is banned from teaching for life

  • Eton College’s Matthew Mowbray was jailed for five years on child abuse charges
  • Mowbray, now 50, was struck off for life by teaching watchdogs at a hearing
  • Was a geography teacher for almost two decades at £42k-a-year Eton College 

A paedophile Eton College master who ran a photography club as a cover for his sick abuse has been banned from teaching for life.

Matthew Mowbray, now 50, was jailed for five years in December 2020 after creating 4,500 child abuse images of pupils and molesting boys during late night visits to their rooms.

He was today struck off for life by teaching watchdogs after Mowbray, who had initially pleaded not guilty to many of the offences, admitted to them: ‘Given that I have been sent to prison, this is an open and shut case. I should not teach again.’

The jury was told Mowbray ran a photography club where he photographed pupils and then combined the snaps with naked images of unknown children to make his own obscene creations.

He also came into boys’ rooms claiming he wanted to discuss school work before touching them for his own sexual gratification, the trial heard.

Matthew Mowbray, now 50, was jailed for five years in December 2020 after creating 4,500 child abuse images of pupils and molesting boys during late night visits to their rooms

The jury was told Mowbray ran a photography club where he photographed pupils and then combined the snaps with naked images of unknown children to make his own obscene creations

The jury was told Mowbray ran a photography club where he photographed pupils and then combined the snaps with naked images of unknown children to make his own obscene creations

A disciplinary panel was told Mowbray taught geography at £42k-a-year Eton College from September 1993 to March 2020 and was a housemaster from September 2010.

On 17 May 2019, Mr Mowbray, who had previously had a spotless criminal record, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and released on police bail.

He was charged with 16 offences, including nine counts of sexual activity with a child under 16, six of making indecent photographs of children and one count of voyeurism recording a person doing a private act.

He admitted six counts of making indecent photographs but denied the remaining 10 counts.

A jury at Reading Crown Court convicted him of eight of the nine counts of sexual activity with a child and the one count of voyeurism.

As well as being jailed, he was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and ordered to sign on as a sex offender for life.

The Teaching Regulation Agency hearing was told the sex offences involved four boys between 2012 and 2019.

When Mowbray was arrested, the police found some 4,500 indecent images of children on his computer.

Mowbray taught geography at £42k-a-year Eton College (pictured) from September 1993 to March 2020 and was a housemaster from September 2010

Mowbray taught geography at £42k-a-year Eton College (pictured) from September 1993 to March 2020 and was a housemaster from September 2010

The voyeurism offence was described as Mowbray covertly filming a child dressing or undressing in the privacy of his own room, the panel heard.

Ms Jo Palmer-Tweed, who chaired the hearing, said: ‘The panel noted that the behaviour involved in committing the offences had significant effects on the pupils.

‘They were described by the judge as “lasting”, including depression, anxiety, stress, nervousness, loss of confidence, embarrassment, physical and psychological and sadness.

‘The panel considered that public confidence in the profession would be seriously weakened if conduct such as that found against Mr Mowbray were not treated with the utmost seriousness when regulating the conduct of the profession.

‘There was no evidence that Mr Mowbray was acting under duress. His actions were deliberate.’

Banning him from teaching for life, Alan Meyrick, for the Education Secretary, said: ‘In my judgement, this overall picture means that there is some considerable risk of the repetition of this behaviour and this puts at risk the future wellbeing of pupils.

The trial judge said to Mr Mowbray: ‘You knew what you were doing, but you continued to take the opportunities afforded to you as a housemaster to abuse children for your own gratification’.

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