A welfare assistant who worked at two primary schools is to appear in court accused of possession of indecent images of children.
Polish national Zbigniew Kadlubowski, aged 31, of Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, near Preston, is also accused of stealing children’s shorts from one of the schools.
He is accused of 10 counts of making indecent images of a child, eight of possession of indecent images of a child, three counts of possession of extreme pornographic images and one count of theft.
The offences span a period between June 2010 and February 2013.
He is remanded in custody to appear before Liverpool Crown Court on March 25 for a case management hearing.
Kadlubowski was a volunteer at Hesketh-with-Becconsall All Saints Primary School in Hesketh Bank, and a part time teaching assistant at Howick CE Primary School in Penwortham.
Both schools have suspended him.
Deborah Bramley, headteacher at Howick CE Primary, said: “I can confirm that Mr Kadlubowski was suspended as soon as allegations came to light, but cannot comment further as the matter is subject to investigation.
“However, the police have reassured me that no children from our school have been involved in the alleged offences in any way. Children’s safety and welfare remains of paramount importance to us at Howick Primary.”
Laurence Smye-Rumsby, headteacher at Hesketh with Becconsall CE Primary, added: “I can confirm that Mr Kadlubowski was suspended from his voluntary duties as soon as allegations came to light. The police have reassured me no children from our school have been involved in the alleged offences in any way.
“In turn I would like to reassure all parents that children’s safety and welfare is of paramount importance to us at school.”
Lancashire police said Kadlubowski was arrested on February 11 after a warrant was carried out at his home.