A pervert who worked as a steward at a Burnley working men’s club has been jailed for grooming children as young as 12 for sex and possessing thousands of indecent images.
Brian John Bailey (44), of Briercliffe Road, was sentenced to four years in prison after admitting 13 child sex charges, at Southwark Crown Court.
Bailey, a former steward at Byerden House, in Colne Road, was caught after specialist officers from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) gathered intelligence. He was arrested by Lancashire Police in July last year.
The defendant pleaded guilty to making more than 4,000 indecent photographs of children, including some at the most serious level, and attempting to engage a 12-year-old girl in sexual activity. He was found not guilty of attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl in London.
Officials at the club expressed their shock. He had worked there for 18 months before quitting two weeks ago. President Mr John Hill said: “Obviously we are shocked. We knew nothing about this. If we had he would have been dismissed on the spot.”
A CEOP spokesman added: “If offenders think that collecting child abuse images is something they can get away with, they need to think again.”