A West Midland teacher has been arrested over child pornography allegations - adding to the growing pressure on the Government over sex offenders in schools.
The 57-year-old man has not been named but was confirmed to be a teacher at a Sandwell school.
He was questioned in custody after police searched his home in Coseley, near Dudley, and discovered a number of indecent photographs of children.
The teacher was working at Warley High College of Sport, formerly Warley High School, in Oldbury, but has now been suspended. He has been bailed by police pending further inquiries.
His case is one of several nationally that have been highlighted as part of a mounting wave of criticism made against Education Secretary Ruth Kelly.
There are now up to nine cases across the country in which male teachers named as paedophiles have been allowed to carry on teaching. In the case of the Warley teacher, it is not known if he was on List 99, the Government's register of people banned from working with children, or List 98, the local list held by education authorities.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman confirmed that a 57-year-old man from Coseley had been arrested.
She added: "The man was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children and inquiries are on-going."
Sandwell Council's cabinet member for schools and lifelong learning, Coun Ian Jones, said: "I can confirm a member of staff has been suspended.
"Sandwell takes child protection issues very seriously. We not only carry out checks on people coming into our schools but also conduct regular inquiries into the backgrounds of existing employees.
"We have recruited a specialist team to trawl through the details of all 6,500 employees currently working in Sandwell schools - not only teachers but all staff, including cooks, cleaners and caretakers.
"Clearly we will carry out a full investigation into this matter to see if there is anything further we can do to protect the children of Sandwell."
Of the other nine teachers who slipped the net and had been working in schools, just one other was said to have been in the West Midlands.
He was Steven Taylor, of Colchester, a supply teacher who had been on Essex's sex offender list. Taylor (42) was eventually jailed last year for raping an 11-year-old girl in 2001.
Birmingham City Council has insisted that not one sex offender was employed in its schools.
A council spokesman said: "We have rigorous systems in place to ensure that Criminal Records Bureau checks are completed before any member of school staff is employed."
Ms Kelly is to make a statement to MPs on Thursday giving details of the outcome of her review into the row, Downing Street said yesterday.
Tony Blair's official spokesman insisted the Prime Minister retained full confidence in the increasingly embattled Education Secretary.
After further allegations about teachers convicted of sex offences being employed in schools with Whitehall's blessing came to light, the spokesman said: "We all understand why people want speed in dealing with this issue but I think it's important that we reassure the country that individual cases, difficult cases, have been looked at in the review.
"But also, more important-ly, that the whole process about how decisions are made is looked at."