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Jarvis was given a suspended sentence at Cambridge Crown Court today. David Wilcock PA Wire/PA Images

College professor who had 2,000 indecent images of children gets suspended sentence

Simon Jarvis pleaded guilty to counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR who admitted possessing almost 2,000 indecent images of children has been given a suspended prison sentence today.

Simon Jarvis, a poetry professor in Cambridge University’s English department, pleaded guilty to 12 offences at Cambridge Crown Court today, including possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, which has been suspended for two years.

He must also attend a course for sex offenders.

Specialist prosecutor Laura Tams said that 40 of the images found were “at the most serious level”.

“He also used the internet to share images with others,” she said, “and to engage in fantasy conversations about child abuse.”

Tams added that the guilty plea submitted by Jarvis came after a “compelling case” was built by prosecutors and investigators.

Professor Martin Millett, head of the School of Arts and Humanities at Cambridge, was reported as saying by the BBC that “it is hard to put into words just how shocked the university community is by this type of behaviour”.

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