Two teachers charged over child pornography

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Two male teachers have been charged with downloading indecent images of children, police said today.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "Officers from the child online safeguarding team within the public protection unit charged the men yesterday at a police station in Solihull.

"A 37-year-old man from Monkspath, Solihull, is accused of downloading indecent images of children from the internet. He was suspended from his teaching role once these allegations came to light.

"In a separate investigation, a 43-year-old man, also from Monkspath, faces charges of downloading indecent images of children from the internet.

"In addition he faces allegations he used computer equipment to alter innocent images of children to make them indecent.

"Again, he was suspended immediately following the nature of the allegations."

Both men were released on police bail to appear before magistrates in Solihull on November 30, police said.

The men were named by police as brothers Timothy Davis, 37, and Christopher Davis, 43.

The siblings, who were arrested in August at an address in Monkspath, taught at two different primary schools.

Christopher Davis worked at St Patrick's School in Earlswood, Solihull, and Timothy Davis taught at Monkspath School, in the Shirley area of Solihull.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council wrote to parents of pupils at both schools in August and a helpline was set up to offer advice.

Chief Inspector Sean Phillips from West Midlands Police's Public Protection Unit, said: "We have been working closely with Solihull Local Authority throughout this investigation, our absolute priority is the safety and welfare of children.

"It is important to stress that, during the course of this investigation we have not uncovered anything to suggest the men have harmed or abused any children.

"None of the charges relate to physical contact."