A former councillor accessed a private section of Blackpool Council’s website as he downloaded indecent images of children, a jury has heard.
Julian Mineur, 59, who represented Greenlands Ward in Bispham for the Conservatives at the time, is accused of making and possessing indecent images of children.
On the first day of the trial at Preston Crown Court, Jacob Dyer, prosecuting, said police searched Mineur’s home on Sackville Avenue, South Shore, on December 22, 2010, and seized a laptop which was broken.
On it, officers found an indecent image of a child downloaded in July 2007 and 15 images of children downloaded between October 2003 and December 2010.
Mr Dyer said the images had been downloaded using the software LimeWire and had been deleted, though officers were able to establish they had once existed on the computer.
He added: “When he was interviewed by police, the defendant accepted this laptop was his although he had not used it for a while because, he said, it was broken.”
Police also seized another laptop belonging to Mineur, who worked at Blackpool’s Supporting our Brave Shop on Bank Hey Street and was a member of the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee, which contained 34 indecent moving images.
Wearing a grey suit, Mineur, 59, listened intently in the dock as the prosecution outlined its case.
Mr Dyer said: “The defendant claimed in police interviews that other people had access to this computer, particularly at his place of work, however police say it’s possible to analyse his use and internet activity on the computer around the time some of these indecent images were being previewed and downloaded.”
The jury was handed a document detailing how Mineur, now of Common Edge Road, South Shore, had accessed the Sky Sports and Gazette websites and the members’ only portal of Blackpool Council’s website on May 9, 2010 – at the same time as allegedly downloading a 14-minute indecent moving image of a child, at around 6.30pm.
Mr Dyer said: “Once the download was started, the internet activity seems to be related to the local elections at the time.”
On August 31, 2011 police searched Mineur’s home on Common Edge Road and seized a hard drive which contained another indecent moving image, created in September 2006.
Mr Dyer added: “The defendant told police he came across the indecent images on laptop computers that he used but it was inadvertent and he had deleted them.
“He said he had clicked on emails which had taken him to indecent sites, but it was never deliberate.”
Mr Dyer said Mineur told police staff, volunteers and service users at Supporting Our Brave would have had access to his laptop.
Mineur denies three counts of making indecent images of children and two counts of possessing indecent images of children. (Proceeding)