January 2005

Councillor guilty of child porn

The Independent group on Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to decide the future of one of its members who has been convicted of child pornography charges.

Tunstall councillor Lee Wanger was found guilty of encouraging the spread of internet child porn after logging on to a website under investigation.

He was fined £250 and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years at Derby Crown Court on Thursday.

Brian Ward from the Independent group says he may have to leave his position.

Wanger, from Ladywell Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, was charged for logging on to a website which was being investigated by police, although officers failed to find any indecent images on his computer.

He was found guilty of incitement to distribute indecent photographs of children between 1 June and 31 July 1999.

The Independent group will meet this week to discuss his position and are seeking legal advice.

Brian Ward said: “He is a hard worker in the Tunstall area, but as far as a group member goes it is different.

“The guilty verdict puts us in an untenable position really anyway.