A man from Leigh who admitted possessing indecent images of children has been given a three-year community order.
61 year old Vincent Copeland of Leigh Road will also have to attend a 30-day internet sex offenders’ programme and was made the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Officials say that will prevent him committing further similar offences and limit his online contact with children under the age of 16.
Ipswich Crown Court heard how Copeland came to the attention of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) when he changed his internet service provider and transferred indecent images between his old and new email accounts. Their indecent content meant the alarm was automatically raised with CEOP.
Copeland had served as both a magistrate and a school governor and was heavily involved with his local church.