Child porn councillor is jailed

A former council leader in Kingston upon Thames who admitted "appalling" child pornography offences has been jailed for two years.

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Council leader say sorry after being sentenced over child abuse images

I have fully admitted my guilt in this case from the moment police came to my home and I have fully co-operated with the authorities since my arrest. I would like to thank my solicitor Phil Smith.

I apologise to everyone for my wrongdoing, particularly the children involved. I am now receiving the treatment which I need. I apologise to the residents of Kingston, my colleagues, friends and especially to my family for letting them down so badly.

– Derek Osbourne

Judge deals with council leader for downloading thousands of images

The judge said he recognised in Derek Osbourne's favour that he had reached the age of nearly 60 without being convicted of any offence. But he he said he had to deal with him for downloading 2,844 still images, and 293 videos, of children.

All these children were subjected to abuse of one kind or another, some of it truly appalling. It's stomach turning.

– Judge Alistair McCreath

He added some of the children were as young as three.

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Councillor complicit in 'appalling' images of child abuse

Today, 59-year-old Derek Osbourne was told he must also register as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

This imagery is of real children, suffering real abuse.

Of course you did not perpetrate that abuse directly yourself, but you and others like you are complicit it, because without people to look at it, there would be no point in doing it.

– Judge Alistair McCreath

Derek Osbourne pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing indecent images of children

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