York & North Yorkshire

Former teacher jailed over images of child sex abuse

A former teacher who admitted possessing almost 9,000 images of child abuse has been jailed for six months at York Crown Court.

Terrence Ladlow, 73, from Hunmanby near Filey, pleaded guilty in June to making and possessing indecent images of children.

He claimed he wanted to use the images to pray for the victims of abuse.

The judge did not accept that and said despite Ladlow's health and age only a custodial sentence could be justified.

Terrence Ladlow was described by his defence as a pillar of the community, a man who had given sterling service to children over many years as a teacher.

Det Con Nigel Pepper, of the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit at Scarborough, said Ladlow had spent years amassing a "disturbing and depraved" collection of images.

Between 2005 and 2010 he had downloaded 8,867 indecent images of children.

Det Con Pepper said: "Ladlow is a danger to children and particularly boys.

"The defence that he prayed for the young victims as he viewed the images, and that he felt he was helping the victims of abuse, is clearly utter nonsense."

Recorder, Guy Kearl QC, said Ladlow's actions had contributed to future demand for indecent images and therefore he had played a part in the victimisation of young children.

In addition to the six-month jail sentence, Ladlow was placed on the sex offenders register for seven years and was given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.

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