Langham guilty of child porn charges

Actor Chris Langham has been found guilty of downloading child porn.

The 58-year-old star claimed he was researching for Help, the television drama he was working on, and said he also wanted to make sense of the sexual abuse he suffered as a child, but a Maidstone Crown Court jury rejected his account.

The award-wining comedy actor was acquitted of indecently assaulting an underage girl who claimed he took her virginity in a London hotel when she was 14.

Despite the verdict, Langham says he’s ‘delighted’ by the outcome of the trial.

His solicitor, Angus McBride, read a statement on behalf of his client, which said: “I’m absolutely delighted my name has been cleared of all the charges I have consistently denied. I have been found guilty of charges I made admissions to from the moment of my first arrest.

“I’m grateful to the jury for their careful deliberation.”

Judge Philip Statman remanded Langham in custody for sentencing on September 14.

The judge told him that a pre-sentence report would help him assess the danger he posed, and said: “I will also be looking at punishment and deterrence.”

He added: “In my judgment, and I have thought long and hard about this, it would be a misplaced kindness to give you bail at this stage.”

The judge also ordered Langham to sign the sex offenders register.

Langham, of Golford, near Cranbrook, Kent, was convicted of 15 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child between September and November 2005.

But the jury cleared him of six counts of indecent assault and two counts of buggery between January 1996 and April 2000.

The panel of four women and seven men returned their verdicts after deliberating for around two hours and 40 minutes.

The actor, who wore a grey suit, turquoise shirt and patterned tie, took several deep breaths before the jury entered the court.

As the verdicts were returned he stood up with his eyes closed but did not react visibly.

Langham’s three older sons looked on from the public gallery.

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