Policeman walks free from court after being found with indecent images of children
A former police officer caught with indecent images of children ‘of the worst kind’ has avoided a prison sentence after a judge told him he was ‘impressed’ with his guilty plea.
James Duffield, 34, downloaded hundreds of pictures of children as young as four-years-old being abused while working for West Midlands Police.
A court heard how officers raided his home and recovered two laptops containing sick images and movies in August last year.
The dad-of-two previously admitted making 72 category A indecent moving images of a child showing rape and torture
But the former response officer avoided jail yesterday after being given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years at Birmingham Crown Court. Judge Simon Drew QC, said: ‘This is an unusual case as you are someone of good character, you’ve had a career in the police force.
‘I am obviously impressed by the effort you have taken to admit this. ‘You have been honest with your family, you are 34, you have a young family, it is a difficult time for them and will continue to be.
‘It is in the interest of justice and society that I step back from imposing an immediate custodial sentence.’
The court heard how Duffield, of Solihull, had downloaded 106 movies of category A, B and C and was dismissed from the force on November 21 last year.
He had told police the reason why he had looked the images was because he was sexually assaulted as a child.
Prosecutor Philip Brunt said: ‘The police received information that an IP address had been downloading indecent images of children. ‘As a result, a warrant was issued to attend and search that address on August 23 last year. ‘They recovered a large number of internet-enabled devices. In particularly they were interested in two laptops, it was on the laptops that the indecent images were found.
‘These images fall into the Category A, with the first film of a girl age 10-years-old, which lasts three minutes and 30 seconds. ‘The second film was of a girl aged four to five, the third film was of a girl aged four to five, the fourth film was of a boy aged 10 and the final film was of a girl aged four to five.’
Former Birmingham PC admits child abuse image charges
A former policeman has admitted making indecent images of children as young as two.
PC James Duffield, 34, pleaded guilty to making 72 category A images of a child between December 2013 and August 2017.
At Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, he also admitted possessing 27 category B and seven category C images.
Duffield, of Warwick Road, Solihull, will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 10 January.
He was granted bail on condition that he does not have unsupervised contact or undertake any work with a child under the age of 18.
It follows his dismissal without notice by West Midlands Police on 21 November.