Febuary 2010

Former JP is jailed for child porn

A former magistrate and Ofsted inspector who admitted sex charges involving teenage girls has been jailed for two years.

Ian Knight, who sat as a magistrate in West Bromwich, lured girls into getting undressed during webcam chats by posing as a 19-year-old named Reg. Knight, aged 50, was caught out during a conversation with a 12-year-old identity created by police.

Officers raided Knight’s West Bromwich home, seizing four computers including a laptop with logs of lurid chats with teens.

Wolverhampton Crown Court today heard married dad-of-two Knight would tell girls he was 45 and from Birmingham, but occasionally gave his age as 19.

Miss Alka Brigue, prosecuting, said: “The reason he was arrested was that police were carrying out a covert internet operation.”

The court heard Knight, suspended by Ofsted shortly after his arrest in September 2007, used the internet name ‘Reg’ – a reference to his job, where Ofsted inspectors are known as Regies.

His barrister said Knight found himself on chat sites because he ‘had time on his hands’.

Miss Blondelle Thompson, defending, said: “He has gone from having status in society to nothing.”

Knight had pleaded guilty to 15 child sex offences at an earlier hearing, including making indecent images of children, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

Knight, who has since stood down as a magistrate, was disqualified indefinitely from working with children and will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years.