Former Guildford Grammar School teacher jailed for child porn possession

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A FORMER Perth private school teacher has been jailed for 16 months for possessing thousands of images of child sexual exploitation.

Jeffrey Jay McKinnell (39), who had been on probationary employment at Guildford Grammar School at the time of his arrest in May 2016, had 3009 images on his computer, none of which involved any of the school’s students.

McKinnell stood trial in the WA District Court and held his face in his hands and repeatedly shook his head after the jury returned its verdict in February.

He had claimed that because he had a habit of downloading a lot of pornography, he inadvertently had the child exploitation images on his laptop.

He told police he was not interested in “kiddie porn”.

Some of the images showed young girls on the cusp of puberty in sexually abusive situations or posing while scantily clad.

McKinnell was sentenced today and will be eligible for parole after serving eight months behind bars.