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.