Prison boss pleads guilty to pornography charges

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A SOUTH Yorkshire prison boss responsible for protecting the public was watching extreme pornography on his computer, it has been revealed.

Disgraced Philip Oliver, who was based at the privately-run HMP Doncaster, pleaded guilty to two pornography charges.

He admitted possessing nine extreme moving images described as ‘grossly offensive, disgusting and explicit’ images.

The offences were discovered in June 2010 at a time when 54-year-old Oliver was the director of public protection at the jail in Marshgate.

The court heard he was of previous good character.

Oliver, of St Mary’s Road, Dunsville, Doncaster, was also a member of the Sheffield Safer and Sustainable Communities Partnership until his arrest.

He will be sentenced next month.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence report on the defendant, saying there were ‘matters in the court papers that reinforce the need for one’, without any indication of sentence.

Previous cases of computer pornography heard at Doncaster Crown Court have on numerous occasions resulted in prison sentences for offenders.

Oliver, who attended court in a pin stripe suit and tie, was granted unconditional bail.

Serco Civil Government, which runs HMP Doncaster, stressed Oliver was using his home computer to commit the offences.

A spokesman said Oliver was a Senior Assistant Director at HMP Doncaster until he was arrested in September 2010.

“He was immediately suspended from duty and he subsequently resigned from Serco in February 2011.

“The offences with which he has been charged are completely unrelated to his employment in HMP Doncaster.”