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Ex-editor Peter Wilby sentenced for child sex abuse images | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

  • By Rachael McMenemy
  • BBC News, Essex

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Peter Wilby carried out the crime while the editor of “prominent national news outlets”, the National Crime Agency said

A man who formerly edited both the Independent on Sunday and New Statesman has been sentenced for making indecent images of children.

Peter Wilby, 78, was arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) at his home in Essex in October.

Wilby admitted to officers he had a sexual interest in children and had been viewing indecent images since the 90s, while employed by national titles.

He was given a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Investigators found 167 indecent images of children, 22 of which were Category A images, the most serious.

‘Betrayed trust’

He admitted three charges of making indecent images of children at Chelmsford Crown Court.

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Peter Wilby was charged after National Crime Agency officers found more than 100 indecent images on his computer

Adam Sprague, operations manager at the NCA, said: “The material accessed by Wilby and recovered from his computer showed real children being cruelly and sexually abused.

“He was viewing this content while working as the editor of prominent national news outlets, a role in which he was entrusted to form the news agenda for the British public. A trust which he has greatly betrayed.”

Wilby was also given a rehabilitation requirement of 40 hours is subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and was placed on the sex offenders register for five years.

A New Statesman spokesperson said: “The New Statesman staff and management had no knowledge of Wilby’s arrest or charges before they were reported and are shocked and appalled to learn of these horrifying crimes.

“Wilby was New Statesman editor from 1998 to 2005, and remained a contributor.”

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