Indecent images teacher loses licence

Marylebone man’s convictions ‘serious enough’ for police to press committee for revocation

Monday, 28th March — By Tom Foot

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COUNCIL chiefs have stripped a former secondary school teacher of a personal licence issued a fortnight before he was convicted of sharing indecent images of children.

Westminster City Council’s licensing committee revoked the licence held by Paul Rajasegaram, who lived in Marylebone and had once appeared on The Voice television talent show.

It is not clear why the alcohol licence was issued by the city council on May 4 last year in the same month that Mr Rajasegaram was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.

“This is the first time any of us have considered one of these applications,” said the chair of the licensing committee, Cllr Tim Mitchell, at a meeting yesterday morning (Thursday).

PC Reaz Guerra, from the Westminster policing licensing unit, gave evidence to the committee saying that the convictions were serious enough to lead to the licence being revoked.

Mr Rajasegaram was convicted of three counts of making indecent images of children and two counts of distributing images of children.

He was arrested at a secondary school in Tower Hamlets, where he taught music, and later sentenced to 27 months in prison.

The judge had told him: “Compared to some cases, you were not in possession of a hugely significant quantity of material. What you were viewing, sharing and storing were images, however, of real instances of horrific sexual abuse.”

The court heard the former teacher had sought to address his offending through the Lucy Faithfull Foundation child protection charity, which helps internet offenders or those at risk of committing a crime.

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