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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Teacher Arrested for Child Pornography

A teacher at an exclusive Sydney boys' preparatory school is among 11 men arrested in four states over images of child sexual abuse, bestiality and child sexual assault. Two children were removed from harm during the four month operation. Gregory John Coupland, 40, a teacher at The King's Preparatory School in Parramatta, was arrested by federal police last month. Coupland who is also a Scout leader and lives in Forestville, was granted conditional bail and has resigned from the school where he was employed for the past ten years.

Headmaster, Tim Hawkes said ''The school is shocked and dismayed" and ''The matter relates to alleged activities engaged in by this person outside of the school - the police have assured us that they are satisfied that there is no boy at risk at King's.''

Police used undercover agents to infiltrate the world-wide file sharing network and is part of an international effort to stamp out child abuse material on line.