Sacked officer sentenced over indecent child images
A former police officer whose life is “in tatters” after being caught with indecent images of children has been spared jail.
Police Constable Timothy Peel’s home was searched in May 2015 and officers found five indecent images and one extreme pornographic image on his computer.
In June, the 37-year-old officer denied three offences at Ipswich Magistrates Court but was convicted.
The following month Peel was dismissed by Norfolk Constabulary, who described his behaviour as “unforgiveable”.
Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who chaired the police misconduct special hearing at which Peel was dismissed, said at the time that what he did “discredits the police service and undermines public confidence”.
On Tuesday (October 25), Peel appeared before magistrates for sentencing. Dave Foulkes, representing Peel, told the court: “It is fairly evident Mr Peel’s life is in tatters. He’s having to start again effectively.
“He’s lost his career. He’s lost his good character. He is financially ruined. His marriage is over.”
Peel, who was based at Wymondham police station, was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to undertake a 60-day rehabilitation requirement and an internet sex offenders’ treatment programme.
In addition, Peel was told he must pay £965 costs and £80 to the victims’ fund.
He is now subject to a sexual harm prevention order to run indefinitely and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years.
Norwich police officer convicted of having indecent images of children
A suspended Norwich police officer has been convicted of possessing and making indecent images of children following a trial yesterday.
Timothy Peel, 37, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court accused of three offences – possession of an extreme pornographic image, possession of an indecent image of a child and making an incident image of a child.
Peel had denied all three counts but was convicted by magistrates following a one-day trial and will be sentenced on Monday, July 25.
Peel’s computer, seized from his home during a search in May last year, was found to contain five indecent images and one extreme pornographic image.
Peel, a police constable based at Wymondham Police Station, has been suspended since his arrest in May and will remain so pending the outcome of internal disciplinary procedures.
The trial follows an investigation by the force’s child abuse investigation unit.