October 2018

Police officer who had worst kind of child abuse images avoids jail

Geoffrey Robinson, 57, of Hardwick Drive, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, a British Transport Police officer, was sentenced on October 18, 2018, for downloading indecent images of children

A British Transport Police officer who downloaded the “most serious kind” of child sexual abuse videos used shredding software to try to hide his crimes, a court heard.

Geoffrey Robinson, 57, of Hardwick Drive, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to three counts of downloading indecent images of children.

Despite him using the shredding software, police found two category A videos of children being sexually abused, two category B videos of children being abused and five indecent images of children, which were downloaded between June 2017 and May 2018.

Sentencing Robinson at Mold Crown Court, Judge Timothy Petts handed him a 12-month jail term suspended for two years, as well as a rehabilitation order and 200 hours of community service.

Robinson, who served for 12 years in the RAF and was a serving British Transport Police officer, must register as a sex offender for 10 years. A sexual harm prevention order was also imposed for the same length of time.

Judge Petts said: “It’s sometimes easy to use the phrase indecent images without thinking about what it means. These images show the abuse of children.

“Two of the movies found on your laptop are of the most serious kind. They perpetuate the deviant demand for them by people like you.

“Your viewing merely perpetrated the abuse cycle. It is particularly aggravated by your attempts to hide what you were doing from investigators.”

Judge Petts said the damage he had done to his reputation and his family were “entirely” his own doing, and he had to weigh up reports from probation services which indicated he could be rehabilitated against the risk his offending could turn into “contact” offences against children.

In sentencing the officer, the judge said he took the view that the maximum sentence he could impose under the guidelines would not allow enough time for him to be rehabilitated.

Robinson is originally from Stratford in London, but had been staying at his holiday home on Hardwick Drive in Gwersyllt when he was arrested by North Wales Police.