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Former County councillor Stephen Holmes pleads guilty to possesion of indecent images of children
2:23pm Monday 10th September 2012 in News
A disgraced Hertfordshire County Councillor has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children on his computer.
Stephen Holmes, 60, appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court this morning to admit 23 counts of possessing indecent images, 21 of which featured children and two featured extreme pornography.
He was arrested at his Woodhall Farm home in May, at the time Holmes was deputy portfolio holder for children’s services at the county council.
The Tory, who was also a Dacorum Borough Councillor in Hemel Hempstead and the former mayor of the borough, resigned from both councils prior to his arrest.
He is due to be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on October 15.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said Holmes would have undergone an extended CRB check as part of his job.
The spokesman added: "As an organisation we take child protection matters extremely seriously.
"Like all county councillors, Stephen Holmes underwent a full CRB check, which came back clear.
"We have supported Hertfordshire Constabulary with their enquiries from the outset and conducted a thorough internal investigation into Stephen Holmes' activities.
"No evidence has been found to suggest any inappropriate use of county council property or equipment."