Jailed for vile child porn stash

A FORMER Wakefield journalist and a former vicar have been jailed after a huge "Aladdin's Cave" of child porn was found in a country mansion.

The massive library of almost 50,000 images from magazines, videos and slides was one of the largest child porn collections of its kind, London’s Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court was told.

It featured children, mainly boys – some as young as six – who had been filmed and photographed being raped and tortured.

Thomas O’Carroll, 61, formerly of Lofthouse, was locked up for two-and-a half years after admitting two charges of admitting distributing child porn images between January, 1994, and July, 2005.

Millionaire and former school chaplain Michael Studdert, 67, was jailed for four years.

He admitted 20 sample counts of making indecent images of youngsters between January, 2001, and the beginning of this year, one of distributing them and one of possession.

Police found the vile hoard in a secret vault built behind a bathroom wall at in Studdert’s Surrey mansion.

The library collection, which took 50 years to assemble, was discovered after undercover police infiltrated a group known as the International Paedophile Child Emancipation Group and its subsidiary, Gentlemen with an Interesting Name.

O’Carroll, who worked as a sub editor in Wakefield for four years until 1993 – was a member of the group which campaigned to legalise sex between children and adults.

Both defendants were arrested after a four-year police investigation – Operation Glenlivet.

An undercover officer, posing as a paedophile, gained O’Carroll’s trust and agreed to “digitalise” his child porn collection which Studdert had stored for him.

Both O’Carroll and Studdert have previous convictions for importing pictures of naked children.