MasterChef contestant who appeared on BBC show in 2016 is facing jail as he’s convicted for trying to blackmail police who found his secret stash of child sex abuse images
- Caerwyn Ash convicted of two counts of making indecent photos of children
A former MasterChef contestant has been convicted of making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography images.
Caerwyn Ash was a quarter-finalist in the 2016 series of the BBC programme.
He was arrested in April 2019 after a police executed a search warrant at his partner’s address in Morrison and seized electronic devices in relation to other matters under investigation, reports said.
The indecent images were found on Ash’s computer, Wales Online reported.
He was charged in August 2022 and the first hearing at Swansea Magistrates Court was set for September 21.
But Ash reportedly tried to blackmail police into dropping the charges.
Caerwyn Ash was a quarter-finalist in the 2016 series of the BBC programme
Caerwyn Ash was convicted of two counts of making indecent photos of children
The defendant was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on June 19
According to Wales Online, the day before the first hearing Ash walked into Swansea Central Police station and gave them a document in which he said he would distribute sexually explicit material involving South Wales Police to the media unless proceedings against him were stopped.
On Friday, Ash was convicted of two counts of making indecent images of children, two counts of possessing extreme pornography, and one count of committing an act with intent to pervert the course of justice, a spokesman at Cardiff Crown Court told MailOnline.
He was acquitted of two further counts of making indecent images of children, two further counts of possessing extreme pornographic images and one count of possessing prohibited images of children.
The defendant was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on June 19.