BBC won't work with Langham again

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LONDON -- The BBC said Friday that it will sever all links with BAFTA award-winning comedian and actor Chris Langham after he was sentenced to 10 months in jail for downloading images and videos of sexual abuse on his computer.

In a statement, the pubcaster said the actor's career with the BBC is over. "We have no plans to work with Chris Langham in the future," it said.

The star of BBC political satire "The Thick of It" was convicted last month of 15 counts of making indecent photographs of a child and downloading Internet pornography featuring underage children.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that material found on Langham's computer included images of sadism and nonconsensual sex between adults and children, including the most severe grade of what are termed "category five" sexual abuse images.

"Some of the children viewed are clearly prepubescent, others are fully developed, some of the children are clearly of Filipino extract," said judge Philip Statman, passing sentence at Maidstone crown court. "All have had inflicted upon them horrifying sexual abuse and, I want to make this absolutely clear to you, I must think first of those children. They are too young to consent."

Langham, the father of five, also will be placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years and will be subject to a five-year sexual offenders' prevention order.
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