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Child safety worker viewed porn
A council worker responsible for protecting young people from paedophiles has been convicted of downloading child pornography.

A court heard Carl Wood, 38, from Clevedon, admitted 12 counts relating to indecent photos of children.

Part of his work as a sports development worker at North Somerset Council had been setting up systems to shield youngsters from child abuse.

Wood has been ordered to do 240 hours of community service.

Background checked

A judge at Bristol Crown Court also banned him from working with children for 10 years, contacting children except under parental supervision, and from contacting under 16s on the internet.

Wood, who has since been sacked from his job at the council, had claimed he was sent the images - 120 of them were found on his two computers - by a known paedophile living in the Canary Islands. But detectives investigating the case discovered that the man had died.

The 38-year-old also told police he was only looking at the images as research for his role in child protection.

North Somerset Council told the BBC Wood's background had been checked and there was nothing to suggest he was unsuitable for his role in child protection.

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