August 2018

Sick paedo cop warned he faces jail for having depraved child abuse images on mobile phone

A perverted police officer has been warned he could be locked up for having vile child abuse images on his mobile phone.

Rikki Henderson, 25, also took a sneaky naked snap of his girlfriend after she stepped out of a hotel room shower and sent it to a pal.

The PC, and army cadet instructor, sobbed when he was found guilty by a jury following a trial in Aberdeen.

Sheriff William Summers told him: “These are very serious charges. I need to consider whether there is an alternative to a custodial sentence.”

Henderson, from Strichen, Aberdeenshire, served as an officer in nearby Fraserburgh and looked after kids as a 2nd Lieutenant in the cadets. It’s thought he started as a special constable before he became a PC.

He was suspended from both roles last year after detectives arrested him as he stepped off a plane at Edinburgh airport.

A forensic sweep of his Samsung Galaxy smartphone uncovered nine sick pictures of kids as young as eight.

Police cyber-crime expert Neil Adam, who found the images, said: “It shows a sadistic sexual act.”

Mr Adam said pictures were only accessible through his search and may have been automatically transferred through Henderson’s Whatsapp account.

Detectives also spotted the photo of the officer’s girlfriend, taken while the pair were on a break together and staying at Citizen M Hotel in Glasgow.

The court was told the victim, who can’t be named, had no idea he’d grabbed the snap, and sent it by Whatsapp messenger.

She told the trial that she only found out about it months later when detectives showed it to her.

She said: “I wouldn’t have consented to that. It’s very odd to act that way when you’re in a relationship with somebody.”

She said she felt “sick”, as well as “betrayed and upset”. The court was told they’re no longer a couple.

When asked about her in a police interview Henderson said: “She means the world to me. I’ve just put her through s**t and feel really bad.

“I’ve let her down. I’ve let my family down. I want to tell everything but I can’t.”

The jury decided two allegations of drunken sexual assaults in the officer’s mess at Boddam, Aberdeenshire were not proven.

They also cleared Henderson of another charge of taking or making indecent images of youngsters at his home in Strichen.

Henderson is now on the sex offender’s register and was suspended from the cadets and cops when he was first arrested.

It’s understood he quit as a cop over the past few days and will be kicked out by army top brass soon.

Police Scotland said they were unable to comment.