Gainsborough: Former West Lindsey Council planning manager jailed for child porn

In Court
In Court

A former West Lindsey District Council planning policy manager and magistrate has been jailed after child porn images were found on his lap top.

Anthony Northcote was arrested after police raided his home and seized his laptop.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court Northcote was jailed for six months in 2010 after admitting 18 offences of making and possessing child pornography at Doncaster Crown Court.

He was placed under a court order which meant he could only use the internet for work, study or to seek employment. But he continued to access child porn until police raided his home in January 2012.

Officers seized his lap top and discovered 59 pornographic images of children as young as 10-years-old. Northcote had also searched for paedophile websites and made contact with a number of fellow paedophiles.

Mr Howes said: “The majority of the pictures were of males but there were some females.”

“The officers also discovered he had been having contact with others of a similar predilection. The internet history showed he had an interest in young boys.”

Northcote, 42, of Hounsfield Way, Sutton-on-Trent, admitted four charges of making an indecent image of a child, possession of 59 indecent images of children and breach of a sexual offences prevention order. He wept in the dock as he was jailed for 12 months.

Michael Auty QC, defending, told the court he was incompetent when it came to personal relationships.

“Outside of the work environment he has been a complete social failure sitting alone in a bedroom at night with only himself and a computer for company. That is undeniably what underpins this behaviour,” he said.

“He is in part disgusted and in part confused by his behaviour. It has brought shame and disgrace upon him. He has fallen from a great height.”

Jailing him Judge Michael Heath told Northcote: “You were not to use the internet for any purpose other than work, study or seeking employment. The order was made to prevent you from repeating this type of offending. It was not made for fun.”

“You had 59 Images on your lap top. Children are abused in the making of these images for the sexual gratification of perverted individuals like you.”