Former police officer convicted for possessing indecent photographs of children


A 60-year-old retired Metropolitan police officer from Oswestry, who currently serves as a civilian communications operator for West Mercia Police, has been sentenced to 11 months' custody suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty at Telford Magistrates' Court on 10 April, to possessing 54 indecent images of children.

During an ongoing police investigation into the possession and distribution of indecent images of children, they tracked down an IP address that was linked to John Frankland's home.

Officer's attended the address in the early hours of 7 February 2017, and after a search of the property arrested Frankland on suspicion of the possession of indecent images.

Frankland pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of children at Court.

As well as the suspended prison sentence, Frankland has also been handed a sexual harm prevention order preventing him from using the internet unsupervised and making all devices available for police inspection. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders annually for ten years.

Emma Lile, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service is working collaboratively with the police to identify and prosecute those individuals who possess and distribute indecent images of children.

"The prosecution team worked together to build a strong case, which ultimately led to the defendant having no other option but to plead guilty to his crimes"