UPDATED: Judge slams police officer jailed over ‘extreme’ child porn

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A Bedfordshire Police officer has been sentenced to eight months behind bars for making and possessing indecent images of children.

Paul Henry, a serving officer with Bedfordshire Police, was caught after police raided his home Lincolnshire in April last year.

Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court Henry’s offending came to light after the police became aware of online conversations between an adult male posing as a female and a user of the internet at his home address.

Henry’s computer was seized and investigations showed he had downloaded a total of 107 indecent photographs and films depicting children as young as seven years old. An illegal extreme pornographic image showing bestiality was also found on his computer.

Henry,43, formerly of Quadring Road, Donington, but currently living in the Peterborough area, admitted eight charges of making an indecent image of a child. He also admitted a further charge of possession of extreme pornography. The offences took place on dates between January 1 2012 and April 30 2015.

He was jailed for eight months and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order restricting his computer use after his release. He was also barred from working with children.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told Henry: “You of all people should know that in the making of these images that you downloaded children are abused and they suffer lasting and incalculable harm as a result of that abuse all done for the sexual gratification of people like you.

“I cannot draw back from immediate custody in this case. It gives me no pleasure to pass a custodial sentence on a serving police officer but I have no option.”

Andrew Coggan, defending, said: “The images include moving images and there is a clear abuse of trust simply because of Mr Henry’s occupation as a police officer.”

Mr Coggan said that since his arrest Henry’s marriage has ended and he now lives with his elderly father.

“He knows there is absolutely no chance of any reconciliation with his wife,” Mr Coggan said.

“He is desperately remorseful and has asked me to say that he cannot apologise enough for what he has done.”

DS Vicky Midgley from the Internet Child Abuse Team said: “We will not tolerate indecent images of children and that is an important message to highlight to the county.

“We will work meticulously to put every piece of evidence together to present a robust case before the courts.

“If you suspect anyone of making or possessing indecent images, I urge you to report it, and help us to stamp out this illegal activity.”