Search

Camden Catholic friar escapes prison despite possessing thousands of child abuse images

PUBLISHED: 12:51 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:21 01 April 2014

Timothy Gardner. Picture: Central News

Timothy Gardner. Picture: Central News

Archant

A Catholic friar found in possession of more than 5,000 prohibited images of children has escaped prison.

Timothy Gardner, 42, who was based at St Dominic’s Priory in Southampton Road, Gospel Oak, was given a sentence of eight months, suspended for two years, by a judge at Southwark Crown Court this morning.

Gardner taught religious education (RE) at Maria Fidelis Catholic School in Phoenix Road, Somers Town, for six years from 2006 to 2012, and was described as being a “senior figure” in Catholic education by Camden Council.

He was found by police in possession of 5,005 pictures in August.

Some were graded level four and five, the most extreme categories, which included bestiality involving a child as young as nine.

Gardner will be subject to two years of supervision by a probation officer and ordered to take part in an internet sexual offending treatment programme.

But he will not spend time behind bars unless he commits a further offence.

The judge described Gardner’s behaviour as “shameful” but said the likelihood of him committing further offences was “very small indeed”.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:02

Police have thanked the press and public for their help after finding a 39-year-old woman who was missing from Marylebone and last seen at the Golders Green Parish Church on February 12.

Yesterday, 15:19

The husband of West Hampstead mum Nazanin has urged our government to publicly deny that she is a spy and proclaim her innocence, after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against her five-year sentence.

Yesterday, 06:30

Candidates hit the streets over the weekend as the general election campaign kicked off.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A mural to commemorate Prince on the anniversary of his death has been unveiled outside the Electric Ballroom, in Camden.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

It will be a relief to many that a watering hole in St John’s Wood dating back more than 200 years will stand to serve another pint on May 2.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has dismissed Liberal Democrats’ claims that they are the only opposition to the Tories and that voting for them could halt Brexit.

Friday, April 21, 2017

A group of teachers from a Muswell Hill school paid a visit to Singapore over the Easter break in a bid to expand their outlook on the teaching of maths.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The woman, aged 24, is still being treated in hospital for “life-changing injuries” five days after the crash in Elgin Avenue.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now