MasterChef contestant accused of having ‘child sex abuse and bestiality images’

A former MasterChef contestant and university academic is set to stand trial over allegations concerning "child sex abuse and bestiality images".

Caerwyn Ash is alleged to have had 53 indecent photos and videos of children and two prohibited images of children on his computer, along with 124 extreme pornographic images of adults having sex with animals.

The dates of alleged offending stretch over a 14-year period from 2005 to 2019, WalesOnline reported.

Defendant Ash has pleaded not guilty to five charges of making – that is possessing – when he appeared in the dock at Swansea Crown Court.

The court heard Ash plead not guilty to the allegations of possessing child sex abuse and bestiality images.

A provisional trial date was also set by Swansea Crown Court, with a start date of March next year noted.

The 40-year-old, who was a quarter finalist on the popular BBC culinary series in 2016, was further remanded in custody until the start of his trial next year.

He was also an associate professor of medical devices at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Ash, who is set to stand trial in March next year accused of possessing indecent images of children, hosted cookery classes in Swansea following his tenure on the BBC cookery programme.

BBC's Masterchef, which was revived in 2006 and hosts a season per year, featured Ash in 2016.

His stint on the show came to an end after being knocked out in the quarter-finals, with the judges noting his innovative dishes and locally sourced ingredients.

Pleading not guilty, the MasterChef contestant will be remanded in custody until the date of his trial, which will be March of next year.

A specific date for the trial is yet to be given, with Ash accused of offences that are said to have taken place over a 14-year period from 2005 to 2019, it was reported.

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