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Police officer admits child porn charges

By George Jackson

A PSNI officer broke down and wept in the dock as he pleaded guilty to child porn charges yesterday.

The charges were made up of a total of 27 counts of making and possessing indecent sexual images of children.

Brian Wilfred Richard Connor (46) pleaded guilty to 26 charges of making indecent images and one charge of possessing an indecent image of a child.

His home address was not revealed because of security fears.

The police officer committed the offences on dates between August 2006 and January 2010.

Connor, who was released on continuing bail until he is sentenced for the offences on January 14, wept in the dock after his admissions of guilt.

During his arraignment at Londonderry Crown Court, Judge Desmond Marrinan was told that Connor has no previous criminal convictions.

He ordered the preparation of pre-sentence and psychiatric reports.

Judge Marrinan said: “Now that you have pleaded guilty to these offences, you understand the nature of the offences means your name now will be on the sex offenders’ register.

“The length of time you will be on the register will depend on the sentence you receive on January 14.

“In the meantime, I would advise you to engage with the Probation Service to explain why you committed these offences and to determine if there is a risk of you re-offending,” he told Connor.

During this process, Connor continued to shake his head and cry in the dock.

Judge Marrinan then rose for 15 minutes to allow Connor to talk to a probation officer and sign the sex offenders’ register in the presence of a court official.

When the judge returned to the courtroom, he was informed that Connor was a police officer and that because of the nature of his work the investigating officer in the case had security concerns about Connor's home address being made public.

Judge Marrinan instructed reporters to substitute Cookstown PSNI station in Co Tyrone in place of Connor's home address.

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