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Police 'knew about teacher allegations nine months ago'

Police were told about allegations against a deputy headteacher nine months before they first spoke to him, the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner has claimed.

Martin Goldberg, a Maths teacher at Thorpe Hill school in Southend, was found dead at his home on September 10 - just a day after police spoke to him about claims he bought images of naked teenage boys over the internet.

Police subsequently found nearly 600 indecent images of pupils on his computer, with many showing children as young as nine undressing in changing rooms.

Nick Alston said his initial judgement was that something had gone "badly wrong", adding that aspects of the case had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

"I understand the original information from police in Toronto suggesting that Goldberg had purchased videos of naked boys several years ago was received by Essex Police in late November 2013," Alston said.

"The Police Online Investigation Team first visited Goldberg on September 9, 2014. It is important that we understand why it took nine months for the force to act on this information. There may be valid reasons but we deserve an explanation."

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Ex-pupil: Deputy headteacher fooled us all

A former Thorpe Hall pupil has told ITV News the school's deputy headteacher "fooled us all", amid allegations he stored nearly 600 indecent images of children as young as nine.

Martin Goldberg worked at Thorpe Hill school in Southend for 23 years. Credit: Google Maps

Ex-maths teacher Martin Goldberg, 46, was found dead at his Essex home just a day after police had spoken to him about claims he bought images of naked teenage boys over the internet.

"He fooled us all. Pupils and staff. He was always friendly with pupils but then all teachers were," the ex-pupil said.

"Only sense of weirdness was just the usual - I thought he was bit lonely and sad and had no life outside of school.

"His life revolved around school. He was an OK teacher, very very involved with ski trips and extra-curricular stuff."

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Police: No evidence Goldberg made inappropriate physical contact

Essex Police says it currently has no evidence to suggest a former deputy headteacher - who stored hundreds of indecent images of pupils - made "inappropriate physical contact" with any child.

It is important to stress that we have found no evidence of any other offences by Mr Goldberg involving these children. At this time there is nothing to suggest that he made inappropriate physical contact with any child.

There is also no information that he shared any of these images or that anyone else was aware of his offending.

Essex Police understands that this news may be extremely distressing to both parents and children and has set up a special number for people to call if they have any concerns or believe they have information that would assist the investigation.

– Essex Police

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Indecent images showed boys aged from nine to 12

Nearly 600 images found on the computer of a deputy head of an Essex school are believed to be of boys aged from nine to 12.

Essex Police believe the images - which were reportedly taken from 2000 onwards - were taken on a camera hidden inside a bag belonging to Martin Goldberg.

Seventy-five images were taken in Thorpe Hall's male changing rooms, with 465 others taken in a local swimming pool and 38 from two other locations.

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School 'angry and betrayed' by deputy head claims

The headteacher of an Essex school where a former deputy head is alleged to have taken indecent images of pupils says everyone at the school feels "angry and betrayed" by the claims.

In a statement to ITV News, Andrew Hampton said Martin Goldberg - who was found dead nearly three weeks ago - had an "exemplary record" during his 23 years at Thorpe Hall School.

The school Governors and staff are shocked by the news about Mr Goldberg.

He was a well-regarded teacher who had an exemplary record during his 23 years at the school and there were no indications whatsoever that Mr Goldberg was leading a double life.

Everyone at Thorpe Hall School feels surprised, angry and betrayed.

Our immediate focus is on supporting our pupils, parents and staff at this difficult time.

– Andrew Hampton, headteacher
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Indecent images of pupils found at dead teacher's home

Indecent images of pupils have been found at the home of a deputy headteacher who was recently found dead, Essex police say.

Martin Goldberg was found dead after being questioned by police.

Martin Goldberg, 46, a teacher at Thorpe Hall School, in Southend, had nearly 600 images of children undressing in changing rooms at the school, local swimming pool and at two other locations.

The images appeared to have been taken on a camera that was hidden inside a bag, detectives said.

Goldberg was found dead at his home in Shoeburyness on September 10 - just a day after police questioned him on suspicion of buying pictures of naked teenage boys from abroad.

Officers said they have identified four of the children in the images and have informed their parents.

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