Education officer admits making indecent images of children

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A children's services council officer has admitted making more than 600 indecent images of children.

Robert Finlay, 53, of Barnes Crescent, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making the images between 1 January 2009 and 10 April.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard 91 of the 601 images were rated at levels four and five - the most serious level.

Finlay has been dismissed from his post as children's services programme leader at Bournemouth Borough Council.

'Shocked and stunned'

Jane Portman, the council's executive director for children's and adult services, said: "This has been a difficult time for all those in Children's Services and many in the wider council, with staff genuinely shocked and stunned that one of their own colleagues has committed such serious crimes.

"We have robust recruitment processes in place at the council and full background checks, including Criminal Records Bureau disclosures, are made on any individual coming to work in Children's Services.

"The case was no different with this individual, who came back with a clean record."

Ms Portman said Finlay was suspended as soon as the council was alerted to the situation.

He was dealt with through the council's disciplinary proceedings and later dismissed.

Finlay was bailed to reappear at Bournemouth Crown Court to be sentenced on 16 August.

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