A councillor has been charged with two counts of making indecent images of children.
Hull city councillor Steven Bayes is also charged with possessing an extreme pornographic image.
The 55-year-old was suspended from the Labour Party in October after it "became aware of a police investigation into him", a party spokesman said.
He appeared before Hull magistrates earlier and was given conditional bail to appear at the crown court on 26 May.
Mr Bayes was first elected as a councillor in 1985.
He was involved in Hull's bid to secure the UK City of Culture title and is a former vice chair of the Hull 2017 company, which is organising arts activities and events for the year-long celebration.