Police Officer jailed for indecent images - Milton Keynes

23/03/2017

A policeman was jailed for 12 months today, Thursday, 23 March 2017, after hundreds of child sex abuse images and extreme pornography were found on his computers and mobile phone.

Thames Valley PC Leigh Morris, aged 31, was arrested by his colleagues at his home in Milton Keynes.

When experts examined three computers and the phone, they found many images of children aged between 3 and 10 being abused. One involved a baby. He had used search terms such as "PTHC" standing for Pre Teen Hard Core Luton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Douglas Page said there were 131 images at Category A, the most serious level. 91 were stills and 40 were videos. 222 were at Category B, 217 of those were stills and 5 were videos. 113 were Category C, the lowest level. Those at Category C were all stills. Mr Page said Morris had used file-sharing software and also file-wiping software in an attempt to hide what he had been looking at.

Morris appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to three counts of making (downloading) indecent photographs of a child, one offence of possessing an extreme pornographic image and one of possessing a prohibited image of a child. He was sacked by Thames Valley Police on 28 February after a hearing found he had breached Standards of Professional Behaviour.

Defending, Cameron Scott said: "Mr Morris pleaded guilty at first opportunity at the magistrates court. He provided passwords to his computer to the police and he has not sought to pass the blame to anyone else."

Judge Michael Kay QC told him: "The images are horrendous. Each person who downloads these photos is contributing to that market in these horrendous photographs. I don't overlook terrible fate of small children abused to feed this industry. Clearly you carried out your duties as police officer well, but I cannot overlook the fact you were committing offences at the time. Each time a police officer commits offences it harms the trust of the public in the police."

In addition to the custodial sentence, Morris must register as a sex offender for 10 years and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

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