“A former teacher from Wokingham has been jailed after sharing indecent images of children online.
He also volunteered as a karate instructor.
Between 2012 and 2016, Cork used peer to peer websites to obtain and share child abuse material and published an obscene story on one website.
At Oxford Crown Court on Thursday, January 25, Cork, of Wokingham, Berkshire, admitted to two counts of making indecent images, one count of distributing indecent images, one count of publishing an obscene article, four counts of attempting to make indecent images and one count of attempting to distribute indecent images.
Cork was sentenced to three years and two months in prison and has been ordered to remain on the sex offenders’ register for life and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Following the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Paul Reece, from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), said: “Andrew Cork is a determined and committed paedophile who only acknowledged his guilt days before his trial was due to start.
“Thames Valley Police completed a thorough investigation into his online offending leaving him little option but to plead guilty, having consistently refused to accept responsibility throughout.
“Despite there not being any direct physical contact with victims in this case, the sharing of images online facilitates child abuse and results in severe and lasting harm to the child victims.
“Thames Valley Police will continue to work tirelessly to seek out and prosecute anyone who uses the internet to obtain and distribute child abuse material and the length of Cork’s sentence reflects the severity of the offending.”
Cork was charged for the offences on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.”