A former councillor told police that he may have come across indecent images of children by accident - but had deleted such material.
Julian Mineur, 59, who represented Greenlands Ward in
Bispham for the Conservatives told police during questioning: “I have never knowingly downloaded child porn.”
He accepted having gone onto adult pornography sites to officers - but insisted he had not looked for indecent material regarding children.
The former Ministry of Defence worker is on trial at Preston Crown Court where he denies three charges of making indecent images of children and two of possessing indecent images.
The court heard indecent images were found on a broken laptop which police seized from his home on Sackville Avenue, South Shore.
A second lap top was also found to have further indecent material of children on it.
Then in August 2011 his then home on Common Edge Road, Marton was searched and a hard drive was taken away by the police.
During his first police interview in August 2011 Mineur spoke of having deleted inappropriate photographs and images from his computer.
He went on to tell police “I thought oops, that really shouldn’t be there.
“At the time I thought it was like spam. Shouldn’t be there. “
The defendant spoke of having typed the words “Lord of the Rings” into one of his computers and ending up with pornography.
Mineur also told police that the computers were not always in his possession.
Staff, volunteers and service users at his Supporting Our Brave shop had all had access, however, that stopped after August 2011.
The court heard that software used to download most of the indecent material was often operated by people wanting to share music and films.
PC Anthony Brian Carter, from the Hi-Tec Crime Unit of Lancashire Police, said that a computer user would have to search for something and then select a particular file or a number of files they wanted to download.
Under cross examination by defence barrister Chris Hudson, he agreed that he could not say who had downloaded such material.
There was “no signature” of who had viewed the items.
Mr Hudson suggested that someone could type the words “Lord of The Rings” in the expectation of getting a pirate version of the commercial film, but that LimeWire software, with its limitations, might produce a pornographic film of the same title. The officer replied “It may do so, yes”.
Mr Hudson added “You wouldn’t know until you had either opened it up or previewed it” PC Carter replied “yes”.
In response to further questions from Jacob Dyer, prosecuting, the officer answered “There is nothing that I can recall that would suggest anybody else was involved in using this.”