February 2009

A Bilsthorpe man who was involved in the running of a football league has admitted downloading child porn.

Thirty-year-old Brendon Key, of Eakring Road, was ordered to sign on the sex offenders register for five years at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.

He was also sentenced by a judge to what was described as a ‘tough regime’ of a three-year community order with supervision and a requirement to attend 35 sessions of an internet sex offender treatment programme.

He will also have to do 180 hours’ unpaid work for the community.

Key admitted 15 charges which included one indecent child image at the most serious level, five, and three images at level four.

Police with a warrant seized his laptop and other computer equipment at his home on 20th August 2006.

Key had worked as a coach for a private company providing football training to teams in the Young Elizabethan Football League, based in Nottingham.

He also had a role as treasurer for the league, in which teams from Ravenshead, Blidworth and Sutton regularly played.

At first Key, who is now unemployed, denied any involvement with child abuse images, claiming that the laptop police seized had been used for the football league.

But officers also found it had been used between July 2005 and 17th August 2006 to download adult porn and view some teen sites that had paedophile sites interwoven – uncovering 101 indecent images of children in all.

Key pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing child porn images and 15 of making them.

His employers had fired him when they were made aware of the court proceedings.

Judge Joan Butler told Key: “It is a great shame to see someone aged 30 and of previous good character appearing before the court for something as serious as this.

“Eventually you had the good sense to plead guilty but it was very, very late in the day.”