November 2008

Ex-governor jailed after police sting

AN undercover police sex sting caught a former school governor arranging to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl to have sex with her.

At the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Monday, Patrick Robert Westmore pleaded guilty to arranging or commissioning a child sex offence and possession of indecent images.

Westmore, 52, was jailed for two years and four months.

He is a former national council trustee of lone-parent charity Gingerbread and a voting member of merged organisation One Parent Families/Gingerbread, a former Binstead Primary School governor and member of Mayfield Middle School’s Parent Teacher Association.

A Metropolitan police officer, posing as a 14-year-old girl, was contacted by Westmore in an internet chat room, said Ann Smout, prosecuting.

Westmore, of Tennyson Close, Ryde was arrested in January, having sent her pictures of himself and filmed himself committing a lewd act and encouraged her to do the same. He arranged to meet her for sex but never made the trip, said Mrs Smout.

Police discovered hundreds of indecent images on his computer, including two at level four on a legal scale

of five and some he doctored to include parts of his own body.

For Westmore, Jamie Porter said his client was sole carer of his child, who would suffer considerably.

He said Westmore had expressed troubling views and clearly needed help.

Judge Jeremy Burford banned Westmore from working with children indefinitely and put him on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

He was banned for life from using the internet or phone to contact children, excluding his son.