Nov 2010

Foster dad put child porn on the net

A PERVERTED foster carer caught with nearly 14,000 indecent images of children after a woman in America spotted “soft-porn” pics of children on a social website has been jailed for two years.

Police seized a computer from the home of Robert White, 44, of Long Brandocks, Writtle, containing the appalling images, a judge was told.

A charge of sexual assault in relation to a boy was left on the file, but White admitted two counts involving possessing a “large number of indecent images”, Chelmsford Crown Court was told.

Judge David Turner told White: “You were a foster carer with a private agency, involved with the Boys Brigade, ran a modelling agency, involved in trumpet lessons and gave limited help with an after-school club.

“There’s not the remotest prospect of returning to fostering in any shape or form. You accumulated a dreadful pile of stuff.

“As a result of legitimate concerns in the US, police began proper enquiries and a large amount, just short of 14,000 images, were found.

“This was unpleasant and worrying material.

“You protest society will not let you express yourself. Frankly if that’s how you are, society is legitimately concerned.”

He also ordered White to remain on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and abide by a Sex Offenders Prevention Order, banning him from working with children. Allan Compton, prosecuting, said the social website is used to post images of holiday snaps or sports events.

He said the images were discovered after a concerned woman in the US saw soft porn images of children in underwear.

The matter was reported to the authorities in the UK and passed to Essex police.

When interviewed, White admitted downloading the images – from the lowest level one to the highest level five – over an eight-year period, from the late Nineties.

Matthew Dance, mitigating, said White suffers from Hodgkins Lymphoma and started looking at pictures “as a result of depression after losing his business”.