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Lincolnshire mother admits having child pornography

A school support worker has pleaded guilty to possessing hundreds of images of child abuse, bestiality and sadism.

Melanie Gunn, 36, of Driby, near Alford, Lincolnshire, worked at John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford when she was arrested in July.

She admitted six offences of making indecent images of children and possessing 79 images showing the sexual abuse of children.

She also admitted having 296 extreme images showing bestiality and sadism.

Two laptops

Gunn, the married mother of a toddler, has been placed on the Sex Offenders' Register and was warned she faced prison when she is sentenced next month.

In the meantime she was granted bail.

The court heard the indecent images of children were made between September 2007 and October 2008.

Images depicting child sex abuse had been downloaded on to two laptops.

Lincolnshire County Council confirmed Mrs Gunn was employed as an independent support manager at the school at the time of her arrest, but she resigned in August.

The charges are not believed to relate to any child at the school nor to her own child.

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