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Prison term for ex-officer with child porn images

A former police officer who admitted downloading more than 600 indecent images of children from the internet has been jailed for six months.

Londonderry Crown Court heard yesterday the images were found by police officers on the home computer of Brian Richard Wilfred Connor (46) last January.

Connor, from Clooney Court, Knockloughrim, Co Londonderry, had been a police officer for 26 years. He was dismissed from the PSNI after the images were found.

Connor, who was described in court as a broken and devastated man, was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for a period of five years.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order was also imposed by Judge Piers Grant QC.

Under the terms of the order Connor must report any change of address to the authorities after his prison release and is also banned from unsupervised access to children and from accessing the internet.

Connor was also ordered to complete a three-year-long sexual offender's rehabilitation programme and will be on a supervisory probation order, also for three years.

Judge Grant was told that 594 of the indecent images were at the lower category one level. Three were category two, three category three and three were at category four level. The highest category is level five.

Sentencing Connor, Judge Grant said by any view the images represented the most terrifying form of abuse that children had to endure and he said some of the images showed children being abused and at times brutalised and tortured.

He said: “It takes little imagination to understand the horror and disgusting nature of some of these images.

“It is clear the children abused in some of these images are very young and in order to make these images someone has abused them terribly or, at a minimum, has corrupted them.

“People who view such images rob children of the innocence and wonder of childhood because the children have no defence against the makers and distributors of such images.”

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