A SADDLEWORTH Parish councillor will face trial at crown court in December over charges of making and possessing indecent images of underage boys.
Michael Buckley, 67, pled not guilty to 17 counts at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court and will now go on trial on December 2.
Cllr Buckley is alleged to have had up to 421 indecent images on his computer, which was seized when police executed a search warrant at his Dobcross home last March.
The images are defined as category c – the lowest of three categories – which show the boys naked but are not of a sexual nature.
Judge Timothy Mort asked Cllr Buckley if he understood that in the event of a jury conviction, an immediate custodial sentence could follow.
His barrister Sarah Reade told the court she had fully explained the situation to him but he needed no extra time to reflect on his decision.
Ms Reade also asked the court if Mr Buckley might have access to his computer under police supervision to retrieve legal and work documents.
Crown prosecutor Philip Dobson said he considered the application reasonable and would pass his views on to Greater Manchester Police.
(The ‘making’ of indecent images refers to the act of downloading them from the internet and not necessarily having taken them oneself.)