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Cambridge professor in court over indecent child images

A professor from the Faculty of English at Cambridge University has appeared in court charged with possessing indecent images of children. Photo: Google Street View

A University of Cambridge academic has appeared in court charged with possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Professor Simon Jarvis, 53, a poetry specialist based in the university's English faculty, entered no pleas to the 12 allegations in a brief appearance at Cambridge Magistrates' Court.

Jarvis, who has short grey hair and wore a grey suit, white shirt and blue tie, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address, to say he understood the proceedings and that he did not wish to give an indication of plea.

Simon Jarvis is a Professor of poetry in the English Faculty at Cambridge University. Credit: Google Street View

"The individual has been suspended pending an internal investigation; however, it would not be appropriate to comment further while legal proceedings are active."

– University of Cambridge

Jarvis was bailed to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on 24 March, with bail conditions including not to have any unsupervised contact with under-18s.

Jarvis, of Romsey Terrace, Cambridge, was arrested by National Crime Agency officers in September 2016.