Parents in shock after former Dundee primary teacher admits possessing indecent images of kids

A Dundee school has moved to reassure parents after a former computer teacher admitted possessing indecent images of children.

Stuart Grant, 33, of Almond Place, was sacked by St Francis Primary School — formerly St Luke’s and St Matthew’s RC Primary School — in May after being arrested in connection with the charges.

A letter from the Fintry school was sent to parents notifying them of Grant’s guilty plea at Forfar Sheriff Court on Thursday.

The letter sent to parents

Head teacher Neil Lowden wrote: “It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that Stuart Grant, previously a member of the teaching staff at St Luke’s & St Matthew’s, has appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court charged with offences relating to indecent photographs of children.

“He pleaded guilty to these charges today and will return to Forfar Sheriff Court for sentencing at a later date.”

Mr Lowden said there was “no evidence” any of the children in the pictures were pupils at the school, or any other in Dundee.

He added: “I understand how upsetting this information will be and I would like to assure you that our school follows all the necessary child protection measures and procedures to protect all children in St Francis.

“If you have any concerns, or would like to discuss any aspects of school life, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at the school.”

St Lukes and St Matthews Primary School

Mr Lowden also told parents their children were his “number one priority”.

One parent, who did not want to be named, said: “He was there for a few years as a computer teacher and I think he worked in the classrooms sometimes. We’re all really shocked by it.

“The staff must have been upset too.

“I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong way to go about it. I’m sure there are people who stay around him who might not have known.”

Grant now faces jail after admitted taking or making indecent images of children between September 11 2008 and June 4 2012 at an address in Kirkcroft Brae, Liff. He further admitted possessing indecent images of children at the same address on November 30 2011.

Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown deferred sentence until April 12 for reports and released Grant on bail meantime.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register in the interim.

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