Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Internet Child Porn Barrister Is Jailed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Internet Child Porn Barrister Is Jailed

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Byline: By Lynda Roughley

A barrister who downloaded more than 3,700 child porn images from the internet and distributed almost 500 of them was yesterday jailed for two years and eight months.

John Temple, a former policeman, used internet news groups and chat rooms and sent 491 pornographic images to 1,301 other paedophiles.

A court heard that the girls involved in the appalling images, some in the most serious category of abuse involving bondage, ranged from just 10 months old to 11 years.

Temple, 47, was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Sentencing him, Judge Henry Globe, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said, "It is obvious from the images that the victims have not been willing participants and are bound to have been physically and emotionally traumatised."

He said that he had sent the 491 images to other news group users over a seven-month period and emails showed his active involvement in the group, although he was not the main person concerned.

Father of four Temple, who was based at chambers in Old Elvet, Durham City, was a police officer with North Yorkshire police until being medically discharged 18 months after suffering brain damage when he was attacked by three youths in 1992 after a chase.

It had been contended at one stage that his paedophiliac activities had been caused by the brain damage but Judge Globe said that it was now agreed there was no causal link with his behaviour.

He said that his risk of re-offending was low but unlikely to diminish without further intervention and extended his licence for two years following his release.

Judge Globe said that Temple, who was in the navy before joining the police, had now ruined his career and the financial consequences would be devastating for himself and his family.

Temple, of Satley Plough, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, had pleaded guilty to 16 offences of making indecent photographs, 17 of distributing them and one of possessing 3,753 such images.

The dates of the offences spans from January 1, 2000 and May 27 last year.

Damian Nolan, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Temple's arrest followed an on-going investigation by Devon and Cornwall police into internet child porn offences. …

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