Child porn inquiry continues after death of teacher

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Detectives are to continue an investigation into child pornography after a public school teacher charged with possessing indecent material was found dead at the weekend.

It was confirmed yesterday that a body discovered three miles off cliffs at Beachy Head in Sussex - a well-known suicide spot - was that of 33- year-old Adrian Stark, director of music at St John's School, Leatherhead. Mr Stark had been missing since he was charged last Wednesday with three counts of possessing indecent material and released on police bail.

It is believed a large collection of pornography was found at his flat in the school grounds.

Mr Stark, who was single, had joined St John's in 1995 after spending about six years at another public school, Hurstpierpoint College, where the chaplain and a teacher were cautioned by police last year for possessing pornography.

Rev Brian Boucher, 57, and junior science teacher Trevor Jones, 44, were both suspended after police arrested them during an investigation into claims of an international paedophile ring. Both later left the school. There was no suggestion pupils were involved.

Later reports suggested that address books seized during raids at schools, including that at Hurstpierpoint, had led to a police investigation into the possibility of a paedophile network involving public school teachers across Britain.

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