Passport worker stole photos of young girls to make indecent images

Passport Office worker, 36, stole 30 photographs of girls from applications to make indecent images of children

  • James Close of Shildon, Durham admitted stealing 30 photographs of girls 
  • The Passport Office worker took home the photographs from his office 
  • Close, 36, admitted a charge of possessing extreme bestiality pornography
  • He has been forwarded to Durham Crown Court for sentencing next month 

A Passport Office worker has admitted stealing 30 photographs of girls from applications and making indecent images of children.

James Close, 36, of Shildon, County Durham, appeared before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court where he admitted theft from Durham Passport Office and four sexual offences relating to possessing and making indecent images.

He also admitted a charge of possessing extreme pornography relating to bestiality videos.

James Close, 36, of Shildon, Durham has admitted stealing photographs of young girls from Durham Passport Office and four sexual offences by making indecent images 

Close was released on bail until sentencing on November 22 at Durham Crown Court 

The theft charge related to a period between May and December last year, with Close stealing ’30 Passport Photographs, of a value unknown belonging to Her Majesty’s Passport Office’.

Magistrates sent his case to Durham Crown Court to be sentenced on November 22 and he was bailed with conditions related to his use of computers.

After the case, Durham Police said: ‘Following intelligence received, a warrant was served at an address in Shildon in County Durham earlier this year and a number of items were seized by officers.

‘As part of that investigation a man in his mid-30s was arrested at his workplace in Durham city on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children and theft from his employer.’

After the hearing, a Home Office spokesman said: ‘This case is subject to ongoing legal proceedings and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment.’

Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court, pictured, sent Close on to Durham Crown Court for sentencing next month 

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