Shamed ex-councillor admits having child porn

PUBLISHED: 15:43 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 26 October 2009

Peter O'Brien

Peter O'Brien

A FORMER Tory councillor has pleaded guilty to owning more than 6,500 sick images of children being abused. Twisted Peter O Brien admitted being addicted to porn and allowing curiosity to get the better of him. O Brien told police he had downloaded

A FORMER Tory councillor has pleaded guilty to owning more than 6,500 sick images of children being abused.

Twisted Peter O'Brien admitted being addicted to porn and allowing curiosity to get the better of him.

O'Brien told police he had downloaded child pornography for years and viewed them for his own sexual gratification.

Magistrates in Hertford on Wednesday heard that the 46-year-old had a stash of videos and photographs - some showing young tots being raped by adults.

Prosecutor Kirsty Walker told the court that police searched O'Brien's home in Drakes Way, Hatfield, and found videos, CDs and computer equipment hidden in his loft, study and garage.

O'Brien was on holiday when the raid took place, but was escorted from a plane at Stansted Airport on his return five days later.

During questioning O'Brien, who is now living in a flat in Nottingham, answered 'no comment' to most questions put to him.

But when he was interviewed for a second time in April, he told police that he was ashamed.

O'Brien admitted having an addiction to pornography since his teens and said he became curious as to what other material was out there.

The court heard he had no sexual interest in children before he started downloading the images, but said he has been doing so for years.

He added that it was something between him and the computer and something he wouldn't do in the real world.

Paul Webb, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned for reports.

He said: "There is considerable mitigation on O'Brien's behalf."

Magistrate Vanessa Ganney sent the case to the crown court for sentencing at a later date.


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