A former police officer caught with indecent images of children ‘of the worst kind’ has avoided a prison sentence after a judge told him he was ‘impressed’ with his guilty plea.
James Duffield, 34, downloaded hundreds of pictures of children as young as four-years-old being abused while working for West Midlands Police.
A court heard how officers raided his home and recovered two laptops containing sick images and movies in August last year.
The dad-of-two previously admitted making 72 category A indecent moving images of a child showing rape and torture
But the former response officer avoided jail yesterday after being given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years at Birmingham Crown Court.
Judge Simon Drew QC, said: ‘This is an unusual case as you are someone of good character, you’ve had a career in the police force.
‘I am obviously impressed by the effort you have taken to admit this. ‘You have been honest with your family, you are 34, you have a young family, it is a difficult time for them and will continue to be.
‘It is in the interest of justice and society that I step back from imposing an immediate custodial sentence.’
The court heard how Duffield, of Solihull, had downloaded 106 movies of category A, B and C and was dismissed from the force on November 21 last year.
He had told police the reason why he had looked the images was because he was sexually assaulted as a child.
Prosecutor Philip Brunt said: ‘The police received information that an IP address had been downloading indecent images of children. ‘As a result, a warrant was issued to attend and search that address on August 23 last year.
‘They recovered a large number of internet-enabled devices. In particularly they were interested in two laptops, it was on the laptops that the indecent images were found.
‘These images fall into the Category A, with the first film of a girl age 10-years-old, which lasts three minutes and 30 seconds.
‘The second film was of a girl aged four to five, the third film was of a girl aged four to five, the fourth film was of a boy aged 10 and the final film was of a girl aged four to five.’