Civil servant faces child porn charges

A TOP civil servant from Peterborough, responsible for overseeing how £20 billion of taxpayers’ money is spent, has appeared in court accused of possessing hundreds of indecent images of children.

Jeremy Colman (61) was the Auditor General for Wales until he stood down suddenly from his £170,000-a-year job without explanation last month.

Colman, clean-shaven with re-styled hair appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He faced 14 separate charges of possessing and making indecent images of children between October 2008 and January 2010.

He is also charged with one offence of failing to reveal the password of a memory stick to police who were trying to view material it contained.

Colman, who has a home in Dinas Powys, near Cardiff, gave his address as The Village, Orton Longueville, Peterborough.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction of the case and adjourned it until April 30 for committal to Cardiff Crown Court.

Colman was released on unconditional bail until that date.

His neighbours in Orton Longueville spoke of their shock at the news last night.

Colman, who is married to Gillian, often used to open up their gardens up to people living nearby during the summer months.

A woman, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “It is a shock.

“He moved back at the end of last week. I hadn’t seen him for a few years before that.

“He had been away for quite a while.”

The rector Rev Adam Dunning, said he had only briefly met Colman once because he had not been living in the The Village for very long.

He said: “All the people I have spoken to here who knew him all spoke very highly of him.

“It’s something that has to be treated with great seriousness. But we are taking a very measured response to the accusations.”

He added that he would be following the case.

Colman was born in London in April 1948 and was educated at The John Lyon School, Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he studied mathematics before going on to Imperial College, London.

In his role as the former Auditor General of Wales, Colman was responsible for overseeing how £20 billion of Welsh taxpayers’ money was spent by the National Assembly For Wales.

He has held several high profile posts, including a role as a former Treasury civil servant and a senior partner at the business advisors PriceWaterhouseCoopers before he joined the National Audit Office in 1993.

He became Auditor General for Wales in 2005 and had been due to stay in his post until 2012.

His post is a Royal appointment and his letter of resignation had to be sent to the Queen.


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