Essex: Social worker guilty of possessing extreme pornography
September 25, 2012, 11:02 am
A social worker has been found guilty of possessing extreme pornography following a trial at Southend Crown Court.
Stewart Ford, 48, of Barrow Hill Road, Little Wakering, had pleaded not guilty to possessing 50 extreme videos and images, but was found guilty on Thursday September 20, 2012 after a three-day hearing.
The court heard that the images and videos were discovered after police seized a number of computers from Ford as part of unrelated investigations.
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He was sentenced to a one-year Community Order and told to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.
Investigating officer, Dc Bob Evans, of Southend CID, said after the trial: “This is not a victimless crime as all those persons taking part in the extreme pornographic videos are themselves victims being exploited. As a social worker, Ford would have been fully aware of this.
“At no time during the investigation has Ford explained as to why he should be found in possession of these images.”