Lincolnshire

Police officer Paul Henry jailed for child abuse images

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Image caption PC Paul Henry had downloaded more than 100 images to his computer in Lincolnshire

A serving police officer has been jailed for downloading more than 100 indecent photographs and films of children as young as seven.

PC Paul Henry, formerly from Lincolnshire, admitted eight charges of making indecent images of a child and one of possession of extreme porn.

He was jailed for eight months at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday.

Henry joined Bedfordshire Police in 2004 but is currently suspended and facing misconduct proceedings.

Officers raided his home in Donington, near Spalding, in April last year when police became aware of conversations between an adult male posing as a female and a user of the internet at his home, the prosecution said.

'Incalculable harm'

The 43-year-old's computer was seized and 107 indecent photographs and films depicting children were found. An extreme pornographic image was also found.

Judge Michael Heath said: "You of all people should know that in the making of these images that you downloaded, children are abused and they suffer lasting and incalculable harm as a result of that abuse, all done for the sexual gratification of people like you.

"I cannot draw back from immediate custody in this case. It gives me no pleasure to pass a custodial sentence on a serving police officer but I have no option."

Henry was also given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order restricting his computer use after release and barred from working with children.

Andrew Coggan, defending, told the court Henry's marriage has since ended.

"He is desperately remorseful and has asked me to say that he cannot apologise enough for what he has done," he added.

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