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Christian school's ex-chair of governors jailed for indecent images

Fri 28 Apr 2017
By Eno Adeogun

A former school governor of a Christian school in Peterborough has been jailed for two years after being caught with indecent images on his computer.

Andrew Brown, 61, who worked at The King's School, claimed a burglar who robbed his house planted the child sex-abuse images in order to blackmail him.

However, a jury found him guilty yesterday of downloading more than 600 images and 14 videos of graphic pornography involving children as young as three.

Judge Jonathan Cooper at Peterborough Crown Court told Brown that his 'view of children is an utterly repugnant one'.

Brown was caught after reporting the theft of various devices and phones from his home in October 2015.

When police recovered his items, forensic analysis uncovered the indecent images pre-dated the break-in. Brown claimed other burglars must have entered the house and put the images on.

Judge Cooper said: "When you were challenged you sought to blame it on others. Firstly the burglar, and then you suggested further images were put on by other burglars.

"You are aged 61. These convictions have resulted in the loss of work, and your reputation. This is a tragedy for your family, but the effects on you are entirely self-inflicted. You have shown no elements of remorse for your behaviour."

Brown was found guilty of three counts of possessing indecent images of children, two of making indecent images of children and one of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

He was found not guilty of two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images.

He is banned from working with children, will have to sign the sex offenders' register for ten years and pay court costs of £2,000.

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