Ex-head teacher convicted for second time of sexual offences

A retired North Yorkshire head teacher has been convicted for the second time of having indecent pictures of children.

Rupert Doswell, prosecuting, said police twice found laptops containing the disgusting images when they carried out routine checks on Terry Ladlow, 80.

He has been on the sex offenders’ register since 2011 when he was jailed for six months for downloading 8,867 indecent pictures of children from the internet.

Ladlow, formerly of Hunmanby near Filey and now of Scarborough, pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing indecent images of children.

York Crown Court heard they were a small number and mostly of the lowest category of seriousness.

Giving him a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, Judge Simon Hickey said Ladlow’s health had deteriorated significantly since his 2011 conviction.

The judge made a sexual harm prevention order aimed at preventing Ladlow from committing more similar offences.

Its provisions including allowing police to monitor his use of the internet and to instal special monitoring software on his computers.

For him, Glenn Parsons did not give any mitigation. Both barristers spoke to the judge together in his chamber before the hearing about Ladlow.

Ladlow will remain on the sex offenders’ register for another ten years.

He spent 33 years as a primary school teacher in several counties, including 20 as a headteacher.

He moved to Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, in 2004 from Wetwang, near Driffield.

Ladlow is well-known for filmmaking work, including educational documentaries which he sold to schools and the British Council.

September 2011

Ex-head teacher jailed for depraved collection of images

A former East Riding head teacher who amassed a “disturbing and depraved” collection of indecent images of children has been jailed for six months.

Terry Ladlow, 73, formerly head at North Ferriby Primary School, had previously pleaded guilty to 24 charges of possessing and making indecent images between 2005 to last year.

At York Crown Court yesterday he was sentenced to six months for each count, to run concurrently.

Ladlow, a filmmaker and music teacher, downloaded the 8,867 images over a five-year period. Some of the images were among the most depraved police officers on the case had seen.

Speaking after sentence, Detective Constable Nigel Pepper, of the protecting vulnerable persons unit at Scarborough, said: “Ladlow spent a number of years amassing many thousands of indecent images of children.

“This collection can only be described as disturbing and depraved.

“The defence that he prayed for the young victims as he viewed the images and that he felt he was helping the victims of abuse is clearly utter nonsense.

“Quite simply, Ladlow is a danger to children, particularly boys.

“Without people like him there would not be a market for such degrading material and children would not be subjected to such horrendous abuse.”

Ladlow worked at North Ferriby Primary School in the 1980s, before retiring in 1990 as a head teacher, aged 55.

Now of Hamerton Road, Hunmanby, he carved out a second career as a filmmaker by producing documentaries about Yorkshire, the first of which was a heritage film called Over The Wolds.

It went on to sell 500 copies in its first few months.

His Yorkshire Heritage films, focused on the Wolds and Hull, have sold more than 32,000 copies.

Ladlow also created ten educational documentaries, which he sold to schools.

The former choirmaster lived in Wetwang until 2004 when he moved to Hunmanby, near Bridlington, and worked as an organist at St Oswald’s Church in Filey.

As well as being jailed for six months, Ladlow was placed on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.