BREAKING: Former 'warped' governor of The King's School in Peterborough jailed for 'repugnant behaviour'

A former school governor from Peterborough has been jailed for two years today (Thursday) after being convicted of possessing indecent images of children.

Thursday, 27th April 2017, 11:53 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:53 pm
Andrew Brown, former school governor arrives at court.. Andrew Brown arrives at crown court for sentencing.Peterborough Crown Court, Peterborough. Thu Apr 27 2017 09:29:21 GMT+0100 (BST). ;Picture by Terry Harris / PaperPix 0827159294
Andrew Brown, former school governor arrives at court.. Andrew Brown arrives at crown court for sentencing.Peterborough Crown Court, Peterborough. Thu Apr 27 2017 09:29:21 GMT+0100 (BST). ;Picture by Terry Harris / PaperPix 0827159294

Andrew Brown (61), the former chair of governors at The King’s School, Peterborough, claimed a man who burgled his house placed the images on devices he had stolen in order to blackmail him.

However, at a trial last month a jury convicted him of a number of offences relating to child images.

Brown, of Montague Road, Peterborough, was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court this morning, the judge calling his behaviour “repugnant” and “grotesque”.

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The Judge Cooper commended the detective work used to bring “warped” Brown to justice

But Brown has already said he will appeal the conviction.

Brown was found guilty of three counts of possessing indecent images of children, two counts of making indecent images of children, and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child. He was found not guilty of two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Brown had denied all the charges against him, and looked shocked as the jury foreman delivered the verdicts.

The guilty verdicts came after the jury had been considering the counts for more than five and a half hours, and were all by a majority of 10 to two.

Detective Sergeant James Weston, from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), said: “I am pleased with the decision from the court today, this was a complicated investigation with increased risk because of the defendant’s position of trust.

“His denial throughout the investigation regarding the possession of indecent images of children, extreme and prohibited images resulted in extensive digital forensic investigation work and analysis. We remain committed to safeguarding the most vulnerable and will take positive action to protect those at risk of significant harm.”