May 2017

Former special constable caught with child sex abuse images walks free from court AGAIN

A special constable caught downloading child sex abuse images flouted a court order after he was spared jail.

Merseyside Police fired upskirt pervert Dominic McNeil, who also secretly filmed females on the toilet, last year.

The paedophile received 16 months in prison, suspended for two years, plus a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

It meant the 24-year-old, of Stonyhurst Road, Woolton, was not allowed to delete the internet history on his phone.

But when police checked in January, they discovered McNeil breached the rule in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the distribution manager wiped his iPhone browsing records at around 2.30am on January 1.

Ian Criddle, prosecuting, said McNeil was arrested when officers attended his home on January 11.

When interviewed, he claimed his mobile phone had got wet because he dropped it in a puddle.

He said he put it in an airing cupboard to dry it out but when this failed, did a full reset, which wiped the history.

McNeil admitted breaching the terms of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order and his suspended sentence.

Judge Warnock extended the suspended sentence to start again from today, for a period of two years.

He also handed McNeil a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 20 days.

The judge said: “I’m not interested in any excuses – any breach will result in imprisonment.

“I know that because I’m going to reserve any breach to myself.”

Officers raided McNeil’s home and found 179 child abuse images and videos on his laptop on January 5 last year.

They showed children as young as four, while 16 of the movie clips were in the most serious two categories.

The stash included a 79-second movie of a woman on the toilet taken using a hidden camera, plus two other videos McNeil filmed on his phone.

One involved him showing his face before walking behind a woman in Lord Street in Liverpool city centre and filming up her skirt.

A third shorter video showed another woman sitting on a toilet in an industrial building.

He admitted five counts of downloading and possessing indecent images, two counts of outraging public decency and one of voyeurism.