Council worker guilty of abuse

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A council worker has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a young girl following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Highways inspector Gary Cookson, 36, of Grasmere Road, Knott End, 
who worked for Lancashire County Council, was
convicted of one count 
of sexually assaulting a 
girl under 13, as well as six further counts of making indecent photos of a child, three of possessing indecent images and possession of an extreme pornographic image.

The youngster he attacked cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The images he had 
were said to involve youngsters aged around five years old.

Jurors found him guilty of offences that took place at Knott End between May 11, 2011 and July 2015.

He will be sentenced on July 14.