Child porn charge against former headteacher

Accused . . Terry Ladlow

Accused . . Terry Ladlow

0
Have your say

A former headteacher yesterday appeared before magistrates in Scarborough charged with child pornography offences.

Church organist Terry Ladlow, 73, of Hamerton Road, Hunmanby, is accused of downloading almost 9,000 indecent images of children between April 2005 and March 2010.

In total, he faces 24 separate charges.

Ladlow is alleged to have possessed images in each of the five categories of the ‘Copine’ scale, which is used to categorise the severity of child pornography.

He opted to reserve his pleas at the hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, which lasted for less than five minutes.

Ladlow, who was represented by Shaun Greenan, spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and indicate that he wished to reserve his pleas.

Magistrates decided to commit the case to York Crown Court.

Committal proceedings are scheduled to take place at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on the morning of May 25.

He was granted an extension to his unconditional bail. He moved to Hunmanby in 2004 from Wetwang, near Driffield, and became the church organist at St Oswald’s Church in Filey.

Ludlow began a career in primary school teaching at the age of 22.

He spent 33 years in the profession, including 20 as a headteacher.

He taught in many parts of the country including Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Portsmouth and Hull.

Ladlow is well-known for film-making work.

He created 10 educational documentaries which he sold to schools and the British Council and is known for his Yorkshire Heritage videos.

His recent projects have included writing scores for silent movies and restoring historic films of Scarborough.