Former Kingston Council leader pleads guilty to making, holding and distributing indecent child images
By Kingston People | Tuesday, October 01, 2013, 18:32
Derek Osbourne, the former leader of Kingston Council, today pleaded guilty to making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Mr Osbourne, aged 59, of New Malden was arrested at his home address in June of this year. Items, including a laptop, were seized from his home.
Analysis of his laptop showed images of children from all five levels of child abuse with level five being the most serious level of abuse.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Keith Braithwaite said "Derek Osbourne made and distributed indecent images of children. His secret life was very different than the public image he portrayed.
His conviction should act as a reminder that we will pursue anyone who makes, distributes or possesses indecent images of children.
His actions have inevitably contributed to the destruction of many victims' childhoods."
Mr Osbourne made his guilty plea at Southwark Crown Court to seven counts of making indecent images of children; four counts of possession of indecent images of children and six counts of distributing images of children.
Whilst Derek Osbourne was leader of the council at the time of his arrest, the offences do not relate to his role at the council.
He will be sentenced at Southwark Crown court on 29 October.