November 2008

CBeebies actor is jailed for child pornography offences

An actor who appeared in a BBC children’s TV series has been jailed for 16 months for child pornography offences.

Bernard Dorman pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and to taking indecent pictures of two girls.

Dorman, 75, was in three episodes of Brum in 2001 – four years after he was given community service for previous child pornography offences.

On October 19 this year, Warwick Crown Court was told police raided his Coventry home in March 2007 and found 15 indecent pictures of a 14-year-old girl. 

He also took 284 indecent pictures of a 17-year-old.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and banned from working with children. 

Ragdoll Productions, which made the show for the BBC’s CBeebies channel, said no children appeared in the same scenes as Dorman.

The BBC said it would not repeat the episodes in which he appeared.