A PAEDOPHILE headteacher is at “risk of repeat” offending and could put pupils at risk, a teaching tribunal has found.

Daniel Chapman, now known as Alexander Martin, has been banned from teaching for life following his imprisonment for having child abuse images on his computers.

Chapman was the former headteacher of Hilltop Infants School in Wickford.

The 33-year-old was found to have dozens of indecent images of children when police raided his home in Meadgate Avenue, Chelmsford, including several in category A, the most serious kind.

He was jailed for two and a half years in November 2019, and the Teaching Regulation Agency has barred him from the profession for life.

Now, the full report of the tribunal has revealed the panel were deeply concerned that Chapman may offend again.

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The report said: “Mr Martin appeared to be remorseful and there was some evidence that he was ashamed of his actions, there was no clear evidence of insight in this case.

“There was no clear evidence of insight. It was apparent that Mr Martin (Chapman) did not plead guilty at the first available opportunity and appeared to still contest aspects of the charges against him.”

Decision maker John Knowles said: “The panel found that Mr Martin’s ‘actions were deliberate, his actions involved harm and abuse to children and undoubtedly had a detrimental impact on the school, its pupils and the local community’.

“In my judgement, the lack of insight means that there is some risk of repetition of this behaviour and this puts pupils at risk.”

Det Con Nick Riley, from Essex Police, said at the time of the investigation that Chapman had been using messenger apps to send and receive images of child abuse and also exchange messages.

The panel added: “While no doubt had been cast upon his abilities as an educator and there was evidence he was very well regarded, given the nature of the allegations, in this case the panel concluded that there was not a strong public interest consideration in retaining him in the profession.”

Chapman has also been barred from applying to have his teaching licence restored.