A leading children’s charity is calling for more to be done to prevent the publication of child abuse images online after a former Lord Mayor of Leeds was jailed for “despicable” child pornography offences.
The NSPCC said Neil Taggart, the former lord mayor of Leeds, was “just one of the growing number of offenders caught using the internet to access child abuse images”. Taggart was jailed for 32 months at Leeds Crown Court for making, distributing and possessing indecent images of children.
The 65-year-old, from Garforth, was lord mayor of Leeds in 2003 and served as a councillor in the city for 33 years. He also served as chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in the early 2000s.
He admitted three charges of making indecent images of children, three charges of distributing indecent photographs of children, one charge of possessing prohibited images of children and one charge of possession of extreme pornographic images.
The offences were committed between 2010 and 2016.
Following his sentence, an NSPCC spokesperson for the North of England said: “Taggart has held positions of considerable trust and authority in the community, but he has been exposed as just one of the growing number of offenders caught using the internet to access child abuse images.