May 2017

Pervert PC caught by his own force after having web ‘sex chat’

A former Barrow police officer has been jailed for committing a string of sick online child sex crimes.

Disgraced ex-copper Nick Pool, 29, was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Carlisle Crown Court today (Friday May 5).

The court heard how Pool was snared in a police sting late last year as he engaged in sexualised online chat with an undercover officer posing as a child.

Robert Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said: “The ‘girl’ told him he was speaking with a 12-year-old girl, and he responded by saying he was 28 years old and was asking ‘too old?’.”

Pool continued: “Well a lot of pedos in here so be careful”. He also remarked “If I dated a 12-year-old I would go to jail”, and “if I got caught kissing you I would LOL.”

That off-duty offending – committed in the Penrith and Ulverston areas – prompted an investigation which unearthed further criminal conduct by Pool – including lewd online “fantasies and role play” with others “purporting to be young girls”.

Mr Wyn Jones said: “At the time of all the offending the defendant was a serving police officer with Cumbria Constabulary, based in Barrow although his home address was in the Penrith area.”

It was announced earlier this year that Pool had been dismissed from the force without notice at a misconduct special case hearing.

Indecent images were also said to have been found on Pool’s laptop. Four were classed in category A – the most serious.

Pool’s wife was said to have filed for divorce, while he had not seen his child since being remanded in custody.

Pool admitted nine counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity. He also pleaded guilty to charges of making and possessing indecent photographs of children – some classed in the most serious category A – and one of publishing an obscene article.

He was sentenced by Judge James Adkin who said Pool had “demonstrated repugnant sexual fantasies” in one particular online conversation.

“Clearly, and it is accepted by your barrister, this offending is so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate,” said Judge Adkin.

Pool, of Newton Rigg, near Penrith, must sign the sex offenders’ register for life and was made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. He will also be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.