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Primary school teacher keeps paedophile handbook in Suffolk home
Primary school teacher keeps paedophile handbook in Suffolk home

Primary school headteacher Thomas Singleton, 41, has been sentenced to prison for collecting child abuse images at his home in Framlingham, Suffolk.

Primary school headteacher Thomas Singleton, 41, was jailed for collecting child abuse images at his home in Framlingham, Suffolk. (PA/NCA)

A primary school principal who kept a “paedophile’s handbook” and a stash of over a million indecent images at home has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Thomas Singleton, 41, one of his school’s child protection services directors, was arrested last February after investigators discovered he had accessed illegal files on the Internet.

National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators searched his home in Framlingham, Suffolk and found a large collection of disturbing items on his laptops and devices.

Inside was a collection of horrifying pseudo-images that Singleton had created by placing himself in photos to make it look like he was engaging in sexual acts with children.

Wanted photo of Thomas SingletonWanted photo of Thomas Singleton

Singleton kept a folder of hand-drawn flowcharts detailing various abuse scenarios. (PA/NCA)

A 170-page handbook for paedophiles entitled “How to Practice Child Love” was found on Singleton’s hard drive. It contains chapters of advice and instructions on how to sexually abuse children without getting caught.

In total, Singleton had 1,050,448 indecent images of children, 45,216 prohibited images of children and 52 extremely pornographic images in his collection.

Officers also seized a number of online chat logs in which Singleton discussed child sexual abuse with other like-minded individuals.

In some chats, he participates in “ageplay,” where each user pretends to be a child engaging in sexual activities with the other.

Ipswich Crown Court, Suffolk, England.  (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)Ipswich Crown Court, Suffolk, England.  (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Singleton was sentenced to six years in prison at Ipswich Crown Court. (Getty Images)

In a folder labeled “Tom’s Action Folder,” hand-drawn flow charts were found that linked to documents describing child abuse scenarios and that could be “personalized” to include the names of victims.

Officers also seized a toddler-sized doll, underwear and clothing for babies and toddlers, and a silicone sex toy that resembled a child’s genitals.

Singleton, who has no children, resigned from his teaching position during the 18-month investigation.

He was charged with eight offences, including taking indecent pseudo-images of a child, making indecent images and possessing a paedophile manual.

He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to six years in prison at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday.

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NCA operations manager Michael Parkinson said: “As head of child protection and headteacher of a primary school, Singleton should be a reliable figure of safety and trust for young children, their families and the school community.

“This investigation found that he grossly abused his position. His home contained a large, disturbing collection of items that demonstrated beyond doubt his sexual interest in children.

“Of particular concern was a comprehensive handbook for paedophiles that offered explicit, practical instructions for abuse.

“This case shows how an offender’s behavior can escalate from downloading offensive material to finding an online community of like-minded individuals who normalize and even encourage this criminal behavior.”

By Isla