Coleclough given suspended sentence over child porn abuse

Tax adviser Stephen Coleclough, and a former president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), has been given a suspended prison sentence over possession of child porn images

Appearing at Northampton Crown Court this week, Coleclough was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years. As part of the sentencing he will have to complete the Thames Valley sex offenders programmes as part of a 100-day rehabilitation order and has to pay £1,500 costs. He will be on the sex offenders register for at least 10 years.

At sentencing, Judge Mayo said: ‘It does not take me to tell you that the propagandisation and sharing online of these indecent images is a direct form of abuse as the children depicted in these images are being abused and the distribution of them fuels this abuse.’

The judge also took into account Coleclough’s attempts to reform himself following his arrest in 2015, when sentencing.

The sentencing follows a trial in February this year where he pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images and making and distributing abusive photographs of children.

He was arrested in March 2015 by the force’s POLIT (Paedophile On Line Investigation Team). A lengthy and complex investigation followed.

Coleclough was president of CIOT from 2013-14 and has nearly 30 years’ experience working in tax and law. He joined Simmons & Simmons, an international law firm in the City, shortly after qualification and having attained his chartered tax adviser qualification. He was made partner and head of the corporate and indirect taxes department at the firm.

He then spent 16 years from 1997 at PwC [which he joined following the merger from Coopers & Lybrand] where he was a partner and global head of indirect taxes until 2013. Most recently, he has provided expert witness services for Expert Evidence Ltd, covering UK, EU and international tax cases.

He was also hired as a tax consultant at law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP.  The firm terminated his services as soon as it was made aware of the allegations against Coleclough in October 2015.

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