A former primary school teacher has been jailed for nine months after child pornography was found on his computer.
The teacher was jailed for nine months
Daniel Kinge, of Eaton Close, Leamington Spa, admitted nine counts of making indecent images of children and one of having indecent photographs.
Sentencing the 23-year-old at Warwick Crown Court, the judge told Kinge his offences were so serious he had no option but to send him to prison
He was specially commended in teacher training awards in 2004.
Kinge, who taught religious education, was placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years and prevented from working with children indefinitely.
Judge James Pyke told him: "You...must understand that those who provide or stimulate a market for this repulsive type of material, must bear their full share of responsibility for the abuse and degradation suffered by the children who were depicted in these images."
Warwickshire Police became aware of Kinge as part of their investigations into paedophile activity in Leamington.
But he was caught when the FBI arrested a man in Wisconsin as part of another investigation.
Kinge was arrested at Wellesbourne Church of England Primary School, Warwickshire, on 18 November 2004.
Two computers were found to have more than 110 indecent images on them.
Neil Bannister QC, prosecuting, said the 'evidence eliminator' on his computer was set at the highest level.
Education department officials in Warwickshire said that Kinge had been dismissed from his school post.
They added that both the Department for Education and Skills and the General Teaching Council would be informed.
The school's head teacher, Graeme Burgess, who nominated Kinge for the outstanding teacher award, said he had "fully deserved" the nomination.
He added: "The children adored him. He only ever seemed to be interested in education and driving forward standards and caring.
"To find out something like this could be taking place is awful. I think everybody involved feels extremely let down and abused in their own way."
An order was also made preventing Kinge from having any access to a computer linked to the internet.