A FORMER Calderdale councillor escaped jail after being convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Stewart Brown, 60, admitted 21 offences of possessing indecent images of children and one of distributing pictures.
At Leeds Crown Court he was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
In 2006 he was mayor of Hebden Royd and was also a Labour councillor.
Brown, of Nutclough, Hebden Bridge, admitted all the charges, some of which were said to relate to images of girls as young as three.
The charges date back to April last year when police investigators working online found a free file-sharing website, which prosecutor Michael Collins described as a forum where users could post images of girls in school uniforms for others to see and comment on.
By tracing an address from where some images were uploaded, officers were led to Brown. He had distributed 10 photos which fell under level one guidelines relating to child pornography, meaning they depicted erotic posing but no sexual activity.
Police found 1,232 indecent images of children on his computer hard drive and CDs.
READ THE BNP's Original report from April 2008 HERE