Ex-PCSO sentenced for possession of indecent images of children

20/01/2016

James Wicks, 35, from Basingstoke was today sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to two years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to six offences of possessing indecent images of a child, one offence* of distributing an indecent image of a child and one offence of being concerned in supplying a class A drug.

He will be on the sex offender register for 10 years and will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order after his release.

Following the sentence, John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "This case is simply shocking and disturbing.

"The movies found in possession of James Wicks can be described as some of the worst type classified as category A seen by experienced officers in the child abuse team.

"The idea that some individuals find these scenes 'enjoyable' and download such images for their own sexual gratification is simply sickening and very disturbing. Their actions contribute to the continuous sexual abuse of children.

"The fact that James Wicks a PCSO for Thames Valley Police had in his possession these movies and images, is even more alarming. His duty was to care for the community, not to pose a serious risk.

"Wicks had admitted attending a friend's address and taking with him Crystal Meth which he shared for the purposes of sexual pleasure and in exchange for indecent movies of children.

"These were put on a memory stick which he took away with him. Taking the drug lowered his inhibitions which led to conversations on social media and on some occasions distributing the movies he had in his possession. He distributed through Skype three of those movies, which depicted the sexual abuse of children for the entertainment of other ill-minded individuals."

Internet-based chats were retrieved from Mr Wicks' computer which included conversations between himself and like-minded people discussing him travelling to Thailand to rape children with friends.

An investigation from Hampshire Police led to the arrest of James Wicks in August for possession of indecent images of children and for sending obscene publications via Skype.

Mr Montague said: "James Wicks admitted being in possession of these images but denied that it was for his enjoyment and tried to blame other men who would have had access to their computers.

"We did not accept this argument, the evidence was compelling and the number of images and their seriousness demonstrated that they were not there by accident. At no point did James Wicks, as a member of the police, contact his colleagues to alert that an offence was committed.

"This case shows that the Crown Prosecution Service together with the police are determined and committed to bring to justice these serious criminals."

Notes

  • 38 movies of category A and 1 of category B were found on a memory stick.
  • Three images of category A, 19 of category B, 2 of category C were found on an Apple Mac.
  • Two images and three movies of category A had been distributed from an Apple iPhone as well as one file of images of bestiality. All belonged to James Wicks and the offences took place from 25 August 2013 and 10 June 2015.
  • Category A: Possession of images involving penetrative sexual activity, possession of images involving sexual activity with an animal or sadism
  • Category B: Possession of images involving non-penetrative sexual activity
  • Category C: Possession of other indecent images not falling within categories A or B