Thursday, March 23, 2017
Private school governor claimed child abuse images on his computer were ‘put there by burglars’, Former Freemason Grand Master facing ten years in jail after being caught in sting by police as he waited to meet 14-year-old boy
'THIEVES PLANTED VILE PICS' Private school governor claimed child abuse images on his computer were ‘put there by burglars’
Andrew Brown, 61, told cops the intruders planted the illegal files before trying to blackmail him, jury hears By Felix Allen 23rd March 2017
A GOVERNOR of a prestigious private school claimed child abuse images on his computer were put there by burglars, a court heard.
Andrew Brown, 61, told cops the intruders planted the illegal files before trying to blackmail him.
Thieves who raided his home in October 2015 swiped three memory sticks along with £300 cash and other valuables, a jury heard.
“At that stage no one thought it was more than a burglary,” said prosecutor Thomas Brown.
But three days later the home owner received a blackmail note from the burglars.
The prosecutor said: “It contained three indecent images of children and a demand for £8,000 in cash – otherwise the person writing the note would expose Andrew Brown.”
The note contained a phone number which allowed police to trace the author, Ryan Penfold, who later served a prison sentence for the burglary.
He had sold the memory sticks for £25 and told an associate “I do not want these, they contain child pornography”, the court was told.
Brown told police he knew nothing about how the images ended up on the stolen the memory sticks and suggested the burglar had put them there, jurors heard.
Police then discovered further images on Brown’s desktop computer, laptop and a separate hard drive.
He said someone else must have put the pictures on the devices, the court heard....
Brown denies three counts of possessing indecent images of children, three counts of making indecent images of children, two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images and one counts of possessing a prohibited image of a child.
The trial at Peterborough Crown Court continues.
Former Freemason Grand Master facing ten years in jail after being caught in sting by police as he waited to meet 14-year-old boy
Alan Wright, 75, was arrested last November trying to meet a '14-year-old boy'
Wright had sent him pictures of his privates and arranged to meet over Grindr
But the boy was actually police officer working on an online sting operation.
The secret society member is now facing up to 10 years in prison
By Luke Barnes For Mailonline 5 February 2017
Suffolk police had set up an online sting operation to catch Alan Wright (pictured) with one officer posing as a 14-year-old boy
A former Freemason Grand Master is facing jail after he was caught in a police sting trying a lure a child into sex.
Alan Wright, 75, regularly went to meetings at Freemasons Hall in St James Street London.
He was described as a 'significant' figure of the organisation which is also popular with Prince Michael.
Wright was arrested last November at Bury St Edmunds railway station in Suffolk, the Express reported.
He thought he was there to meet a 14-year-old boy he'd talked to online, and sent pictures of his private parts.
But instead when he arrived he was greeted by Suffolk police, who'd set up an online sting after gathering information on Wright's private life....