FORMER Wycombe District Councillor Bob Bate appeared before court this morning charged with child and animal pornography offences.
The 62-year-old of Moncrieffe Close, Dudley, appeared before Wycombe Magistrates charged with 17 counts of making indecent photos of children.
The former Hazlemere Parish Council chairman stands accused of four counts of distributing indecent images of children and one charge of possessing to show or distribute indecent photographs of children.
The ex-Conservative party whip is also charged with possessing extreme pornographic images with animals and to intentionally encourage the commission of an either way offence.
Bate spoke only to confirm his name and address, and did not indicate a plea.
He has been released on unconditional bail and is due to appear back before magistrates on April 3.