Anonymity for policeman who shared indecent pictures of children

Mail Online | 1/22/2020 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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West Midlands Police have refused to name an officer who shared indecent pictures of children with a paedophile - despite the misconduct panel acknowledging he had a 'sexual interest in girls under 16'.

The officer was found with over 500 images of teenage girls on his mobile phone and exchanged Facebook messages with a man later convicted of child sex offences.

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Among those was an indecent image of a child, while the chat was indicative of 'someone who has a sexual interest in children', the hearing was told.

West Midlands Police has decided to protect the officer's anonymity, claiming it was to 'protect innocent people associated with him'.

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This is despite the hearing also being told he would have been sacked for gross misconduct if he hadn't already resigned in December.

The officer also created a Snapchat account in order to facilitate contact with girls aged between 14-16 years-old between July 2017 to January 2018.

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Analysis of his mobile phone revealed that websites visited and viewed by the officer suggested content of indecent images of underage children.

The West Midlands Police neighbourhood officer, who served with the force for 20 years, was investigated by West Mercia Police.

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They referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service but a decision was made not to prosecute the cop, known only as Officer A.

Following the criminal investigation West Midlands...
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