Former council employee admits 18 charges relating to child abuse images


A Hertford man who worked in the past as Head of Legal Services within Hertfordshire County Council has admitted 18 charges relating to child abuse images.

Andrew Laycock, 58, of Mandeville Road, Hertford, pleaded guilty at a hearing today (28/3) at St Albans Crown Court, to 17 counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possession of more than 5,700 indecent images, during June last year. He will be sentenced on 19 April at St Albans Crown Court.

CPS prosecutor, Robbie Weber, said:

'Mr Laycock, who is now retired, had previously held the role of Head of Legal Services at Hertfordshire County Council, until October 2009. His crimes commenced whilst he worked for the council, however, there is no evidence to suggest that any of the offences were committed whilst he was at work. The defendant's home computer was seized as part of the investigation and thoroughly analysed, using the latest computer technology.

'Mr Laycock realised how strong the evidence was against him and has today admitted his crimes before the court. He will be brought back in due course for sentencing for these offences.'

'The police and CPS will robustly investigate and prosecute anyone who commits crimes involving child abuse images.'