Met Police officer blamed ex-girlfriend for vile child abuse images
A MET police officer found with a stash of child sexual abuse images tried to pin the blame on his ex-girlfriend, a court heard.
Lucas Beach, of Park Drive, Wickford, was also found with 32 indecent photos of a 12-year-old girl and dozens of bestiality movies.
Judge Ian Graham called the cartoons a “sick fantasy” that Beach had indulged in since becoming a constable in Romford four years ago.
Basildon Crown Court heard Beach, 33, told officers from Essex Police they would not find any illegal images on his computer after they raided his home in October.
But he added that he allowed anyone in his phone contacts list to access his Wi-Fi and he had recently downloaded a variety of “graphic novels”, although he had not looked at them all.
When the images were found he said the most likely culprit was his former partner.
Charlotte Davison, prosecuting, said: “He gave them the names of five friends who regularly came to his address. He said he could only think it was an ex-girlfriend who lived in Basildon.
“She was spoken to and she gave a statement rebutting what he said. She explained that she had met the defendant at work and had helped him with his application to become a police officer.”
In the statement, the woman said she was “upset” by the allegation. She said: “It’s not unusual for him to lie and try and cover up his mistakes. He always wants people to think the best of him.”
Investigators found some of the images were stored in a folder marked “incest stories” and there had been no attempt to disguise them.
Beach admitted possession child sex abuse images and 73 bestiality videos.
Beach was handed a 36 month community order and told to complete an internet sex offender treatment programme. He must sign the sex offenders register for five years.
Cop admits downloading vile sexual cartoons of children and sick movies
A police officer downloaded vile sexual cartoons of children and sick movies featuring people having sex with animals, a court heard.
PC Lucas Beach, a serving officer with the Metropolitan Police based in Havering, was also found with indecent photographs of a young girl wearing a bikini.
Beach, 32, of Park Drive, Wickford, admitted possessing prohibited images of children, indecent images of children and extreme animal pornography at Basildon Magistrates’ Court.
Malcolm Bravery, prosecuting, said Beach was arrested following a police raid. He said: “A search warrant was carried out at his address on October 26 last year.
“They found a computer tower which had 33 images on it of the same girl. There were also 2,816 prohibited images, these were cartoons or CGI images. There were 73 videos portraying bestiality.”
Beach, wearing a grey suit and tie, spoke only to confirm his name, address and to enter a guilty plea.
The court heard many of the cartoon images would be in the most serious category A if they involved real children because of the type of acts portrayed. The category C images showed a girl aged between 12 and 14 .
Magistrates were told that they could pass a sentence at the court because of the nature of the images and the fact that Beach admitted his guilt. However, they decided that he should be sentenced at the crown court.
Magistrates told Beach: “You have pleaded guilty to these offences. You are granted unconditional bail to appear at Basildon Crown Court on July 27. If you don’t come back to court at that time you will commit a further offence and may be sent to prison.”
Beach will be told how long he must sign the sex offenders register for at his sentencing hearing.