May 2018

Ex-police officer Max Holway jailed for downloading over 22,000 child sex abuse images

A disgraced former long-serving detective inspector who downloaded more than 22,000 child sexual abuse images has been jailed for just over three-and-a-half months.

Max Holway at first tried to blame a lodger for the disturbing images found on his computer.

But the 54-year-old ex-detective inspector last month admitted three offences of possessing indecent photos of children

There were also 30 indecent movie clips in category C of scantily clad girls aged about 10.

Tonbridge-based Holway left the force in March last year “due to issues in relation to looking at pornography on the Kent Police system”, Maidstone Crown Court was told.

The sordid material was found when he took his laptop to a repair shop in Tunbridge Wells. Staff noticed it and informed the police.

Officers went to his home in Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells, on July 27 last year and arrested him.

Holway said he bought the computer on eBay on June 21. The images were downloaded over six hours, five days later.

But he claimed he kept it on a table in his hallway where his lodger and visitors could have access. He denied searching for the images.

Prosecutor Dominic Connolly said Holway was released on bail pending examination of the computer.

The lodger was questioned and he denied any involvement in images or using the computer.

Mr Connolly said there were 10 sets of different girls over the age of 10 in the video clips.

Judge Macdonald said he imposed a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years to protect the public from the risk of sexual harm from Holway.

“Some of the victims are relatively young, but not extremely young,” he said.

“In mitigation, there is remorse. I think there is limited insight, having looked at the pre-sentence report.

“There is good character. The court is duty bound to pass a deterrent sentence, so it doesn’t carry a great deal of weight. There are no factors here to suspend.

“The appropriate punishment can only achieved by immediate custody.”

Holway’s name will appear on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

He will be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

April 2018

Former police inspector admits downloading thousands of child abuse images

A former police inspector who was sacked over allegations he was looking at pornography while working has admitted downloading thousands of child abuse images. 

Maxwell Holway, 54, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent yesterday where he pleaded guilty to three offences of possessing indecent photographs of children.

Officers found a total of 21,848 stills and 30 movie clips, categorised in terms of seriousness at levels B and C, on July 25 last year. 

Abigail White, prosecuting, told the plea and trial preparation hearing that some appeared to be ‘professional’ images originating from the Ukraine.

The court heard Holway had been a police inspector but by March last year was ‘no longer employed due to issues of looking at pornography’ on the Kent Police system.

According to his profile on LinkedIn, Holway was based in Tonbridge, Kent, from March 1992, and has also served in nearby Rochester. It also lists his rank as detective inspector.

The court heard the images were found after he took a laptop he had bought on eBay in for repair at a shop in Tunbridge Wells.  

But Miss White said when the store tried to remove the hard drive they were met with warning alerts in relation to indecent images.

Police went to his home two days later but Holway tried to blame his lodger, saying he had access to the laptop.

He also said a USB stick had been used to transfer photographs from a party onto the device.

Miss White said the lodger was spoken to and his own laptop and memory stick were seized and analysed.

However, nothing incriminating was found and the lodger was to be a prosecution witness at trial had Holway denied the offences.

Sentencing was adjourned by Judge Martin Joy until April 27.

Holway, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was released on conditional bail.