Former Peterborough school governor guilty of possessing indecent images of children

A former governor at The Kings School in Peterborough is facing a ail term after being found guilty of a number of charges relating to indecent images of children.

Thursday, 30th March 2017, 3:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:17 pm
Andrew Brown outside court EMN-160518-212009009

Andrew Brown (61) of Montague Road, Peterborough, 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. He struggled to stand as Judge Jonathan Cooper addressed him as he adjourned the hearing. There were also tears and sobs from his friends and family, who were sitting in the public gallery to support him.

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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.

Judge Cooper thanked the jury for their service, and gave Brown bail until the sentencing hearing, which will take place at Cambridge Crown Court on April 27.

He said: “I’m going to adjourn the sentencing exercise to be heard on April 27 at Cambridge Crown Court.

“The starting point for these offences is a custodial sentence, and you should be prepared for that.”

The trial had heard the offences came to light after Brown was burgled on October 24 2015.

Memory sticks were stolen, and the burglar - who has since served a jail sentence for the crime - sold the sticks on.

However, the person he sold them to sent them back, saying there were indecent images on the stick.

The burglar then sent Brown a blackmail note, demanding £8,000, or telling him he would expose Brown over the images.

Brown contacted police, and more images were discovered.

However, Brown said he was not responsible for downloading the pictures.

One count of making indecent images of children was dropped by the prosecution during the trial.