Gay ex-aide to London mayor not guilty in ‘extreme porn’ case

Openly gay barrister Simon Walsh found not guilty of all six charges in bondage image case

Gay ex-aide to London mayor not guilty in ‘extreme porn’ case
08 August 2012

A gay former aide to Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been found not guilty of possessing extreme porn images including one of an underage boy.

As GSN previously reported, Barrister Simon Walsh has been on trial at Kingston Crown Court in South London.

But after a week-and-a-half in court it took a jury only three hours to decide he was not guilty.

The photos were discovered in the 50-year-old’s email account, which he admits was used solely for sex, and included photos of violent sex acts.

Walsh admitted owning the photos but told the court he hadn’t hurt anyone and ‘knows the limits’. He said the pictures were ‘not extreme’.

Giving evidence on Monday (6 August) he denied opening an email containing an indecent picture of an underage boy and said he didn’t know the sender.

He was cleared of all six charges.

Walsh is a graduate of Oxford and City Universities and now a barrister in private practice specializing in police, licensing and ecclesiastical law. He has been closely involved in community work via the City of London council.

One supporter, writing on Facebook, described him as ‘an honest, genuine, very normal ordinary 50 year old gay professional guy’.

He has had to put ‘his life on hold’ for over a year due to the case, another supporter told Gay Star News.

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