A COUNCILLOR has been arrested and questioned over allegations of possessing child pornography. Hatfield man Peter O'Brien was arrested at Stansted Airport on returning from holiday.
Police attended his home in Drakes Way and executed a warrant in connection with the investigation. Councillor O'Brien has represented Welham Green ward on Welwyn Hatfield Council since May 2006, and is a member of the cabinet IT and housing panels.
He has been suspended by a stunned Conservative party.
Party leader John Dean told the WHT: "Councillor O'Brien has always carried out his council duties in a capable and conscientious manner.
UPDATE : 20 May 2008
09:00 - 20 May 2008
A Former Tory councillor who owned more than 6,500 sick pictures showing children being sexually abused is now living in Nottingham.
Peter O'Brien, 46, appeared at Hertford Magistates Court, where he admitted 11 counts of making indecent images of children and two of possessing indecent images.
He told the court he was addicted to hardcore porn, claiming curiosity had got the better of him.
The councillor was living in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, when the offences took place, but has since moved to Nottingham, the court was told. An exact address was not revealed.
O'Brien told police he had downloaded child pornography for years and viewed them for his own sexual gratification.
Paul Webb, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned for reports. He said: "There is considerable mitigation on O'Brien's behalf."
The case was committed to crown court at a later date.