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At-a-glance: Sex offenders in schools
Schools, councils and the government have been criticised for failing to keep adequate records of checks on people's suitability to work in schools. It follows several high-profile revelations in recent years.


  • PE teacher Paul Reeve was placed on the sex offenders' register after he was cautioned by police in 2003 for accessing banned images of children on the internet.

  • Never convicted, Mr Reeve was arrested as part of Operation Ore, which was launched after the FBI passed details to British police of UK credit cards used to access indecent images of children from US websites.

  • He was able to carry on working after government minister Kim Howells cleared him to work in schools. Mr Howells, who has since left the education department, said he had been told Mr Reeve "did not represent an ongoing threat to children".

  • A letter from the education department reportedly saying Mr Reeve had been deemed "trustworthy" helped him to get a job at Hewett School in Norwich.

  • Ministers had considered the evidence that he had accessed paedophile websites inconclusive, so he was not placed on List 99 - the list of people banned from working with children.

  • Mr Reeve was forced to resign from his job after just eight days when police raised concerns.


  • William Gibson, 59, was cleared to teach by former Education Secretary Ruth Kelly despite his conviction for indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 1980. Gibson was jailed in 2000 for two-and-a-half years for fraud, forgery and theft and released from prison in 2002.

  • The maths teacher was allowed to work in schools in South Tyneside and Co Durham from 2003 to 2005 but was dismissed when they found out about his conviction.

  • Since September he had been working at Portchester School in Bournemouth as a supply teacher, which also suspended him once his conviction came to light.

  • The agency that employed him - Step Teachers - said he was "suitable to work in schools" and that a supporting letter from one of Ms Kelly's officials had been "powerful".

  • Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, he said: "I am not a paedophile... not a risk to children."

  • Mr Gibson is not on List 99 and is not on the sex offenders' register because his conviction predates it.


  • Keith Stuart Hudson, 52, was on List 99 but was cleared to work in girls' schools despite being convicted of possessing indecent images of boys.

  • Former Education Secretary Estelle Morris placed him on the list in 2001 with the condition that he could teach only in all-girl schools.

  • Mr Hudson, a science teacher who qualified in 1973, unsuccessfully attempted to challenge that restriction in a hearing before the Care Standards Tribunal.

  • The tribunal backed Ms Morris' decision after hearing medical evidence that while Mr Hudson's feelings towards young boys were "homosexual, paedophilic and inappropriate", he had "no interest in girls".


  • Huntley, a caretaker, killed 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.

  • He gained a job at a school in Soham, Cambridgeshire, even though he had been investigated for rape, indecent assault on an 11-year-old girl and sex with underage girls when living in Grimsby.

  • The Bichard inquiry into Soham found "very serious failings" in the police and vetting system. There were "errors, omissions, failures and shortcomings" which were deeply shocking, it found.

  • Sir Michael Bichard said the failings meant he could not be sure Huntley was the only person to have "slipped through the net".

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