Sick Beaumont-Dark admits child porn charges

By Chris Willmott Friday 07 December 2012 Updated: 13/12 09:58

THE SON of former long-serving Solihull MP Anthony Beaumont-Dark has admitted downloading and distributing hundreds of images of child pornography.

It has been said that sick businessman Nicholas Beaumont-Dark willingly shared still images and movies of child porn with others through a file-sharing network.

He pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to eight charges of making a total of 393 indecent images of children by downloading them onto his computer.

Beaumont-Dark (50) of Vicarage Hill, Tanworth-in-Arden, also admitted eight charges of distributing 388 such images through a file-sharing network.

After Beaumont-Dark, whose late father Anthony Beaumont-Dark was Tory MP for Selly Oak from 1979 until 1992, had entered his pleas his barrister Kristina Montgomery asked for the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

Judge Marten Coates agreed, commenting: “A pre-sentence report in a case like this makes sense.”

And Miss Montgomery told him a psychiatric report had already been prepared on Beaumont-Dark, and she had provided a copy of it to the probation service.

The court heard the offences involved Beaumont-Dark downloading 50 still images and 30 movies classed as being at level one, six still images and 57 movies at level two, four stills and 14 movies at level three, and 40 stills and 192 movies at level four.

Level one images are defined as involving children in indecent poses without any sexual activity, but the other levels are of a more serious nature, and level four covers adults engaging in sexual activity with children.

Prosecutor Theresa Thorp said the distribution offences involved 48 stills and 30 movies at level one, five stills and 56 movies of level two, two still and 15 movies at level three, and 40 still and 192 movies at level four.

At an earlier hearing it was said the charges followed the execution of a warrant at Beaumont-Dark’s home in January and the seizing of his computer tower on which the images were found.

Pam Meinert, prosecuting on that occasion, said they included ‘lots of level four’ images, which had come from a file-sharing network.

And she added: “He willingly shared files with others and asked others to share files with him and expressed a particular interest in young children.”

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