Journalist jailed over child porn

A former Mirfield Tennis Club chairman has been jailed for possessing nearly 14,000 indecent images of children.
Freelance journalist Stephen Brooke, who worked for several local newspapers including The Press, was jailed for 18 weeks.
Brooke, 57, was also ordered at a Batley and Dewsbury Magistrates’ Court hearing last week to sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
The court heard he was arrested in August 2009 after a Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre investigation into a Croatian website. Brooke handed police a box and bag containing eight memory sticks when officers arrived at his Priory Way, Mirfield, home to arrest him.
A search of his computer and the memory sticks found 13,624 images, which were mostly of the less serious level one category.
But he had images from all categories of seriousness, including eight from the most serious level five category.
Prosecutor Andy Willis said Brooke guilty pleaded at the earliest opportunity and had cooperated with police.
Mr Willis said: “He stated that he viewed pornography initially on adult sites and there were links that led him to child pornography.”
Robert Dawson, mitigating, said: “He has tried to make amends as best as he can for things he is extremely ashamed about.
“He has never been involved in coaching children, but he was chairman at one stage and stepped down during the course of the proceeding.”
Magistrates made Brooke subject to a sevenyear sexual offences prevention order and ruled the computer and memory sticks be destroyed.

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