Council worker guilty of abuse
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.