AN Eton College master walked free yesterday despite being caught with sickening child porn.
Classics tutor Ian McAuslan, 58, avoided jail even though he admitted possessing images showing adults having full sex with boys.
The decision to let McAuslan off with a suspended sentence came just 24 hours after The Sun told how shamed judge David Selwood also avoided prison for child porn.
Campaigner Sara Payne, whose daughter Sarah was murdered by a paedophile, said: “It is disgusting. Is it one rule for the Establishment and one for the rest?”
McAuslan was trapped after Eton staff suspicious of his internet use tricked him into handing in his computer for “updating”.
The Berkshire college’s IT department found a vile hoard of images of boys being sexually abused in a secret folder and called in Thames Valley Police.
McAuslan admitted having over 2,000 images of children, 200 of them described as indecent, when he appeared before magistrates in Bracknell in April.
They referred him to Reading Crown Court — saying the maximum 12-month jail sentence they could impose was not enough.
But yesterday Judge Critchlow imposed a sentence of only nine months, suspended for two years.
The judge did not even make an order forbidding McAuslan from working with children.
And Judge Critchlow told the master it was “a tragedy” his career had ended this way.
McAuslan admitted 16 charges relating to indecent pictures. He has resigned after 24 years at Eton but keeps his pension.
Lyn Costello, co-founder of Mothers Against Murder and Aggression, said: “People like judges and teachers should be punished harder than the rest of society because they’re in a position of trust.”
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