A RETIRED headteacher from Hunmanby has been branded by police as a danger to children after being jailed for possessing nearly 9,000 “disturbing and depraved” images of child pornography.
Terry Ladlow, 73, who worked for more than three decades as a teacher and headmaster, was jailed at York Crown Court yesterday after admitting 24 separate charges for offences between 2005 and last year.
On Monday the church organist, of Hamerton Road, was imprisoned for six months, placed on the sex offenders’ register for seven years and given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.
Detective Constable Nigel Pepper, of the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit at Scarborough, said: “Ladlow spent a number of years amassing many thousands of indecent images of children. This collection can only be described as disturbing and depraved.
“The defence that he prayed for the young victims as he viewed the images, and that he felt he was helping the victims of abuse, is clearly utter nonsense.
“Quite simply, Ladlow is a danger to children and particularly boys. Without people like him there would not be a market for such degrading material and children would not be subjected to such horrendous abuse.”
Ladlow, who is also well-known for film-making work, moved to Hunmanby from Wetwang in 2004 and became the church organist at Filey’s St Oswald’s Church.