Ex-Pc fails in appeal against jail sentence

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A FORMER police officer who was jailed for child pornography offences has had an appeal rejected by top judges.

Ian Reynolds, 45, of Juniper Close, Thetford was jailed for nine months at Norwich Crown Court in November last year after he admitted possessing indecent pictures of children in the form of ‘images of sexual abuse’.

He appeared at London’s Appeal Court last Friday to be told that his challenge against his sentence and conviction had failed.

Reynolds, an emergency response officer who worked in Horringer, was arrested after fellow police officers searched his home last March and discovered that his mobile phone contained 120 indecent images of children.

The images ranged from the lowest-rated level one images to level five images – rated as the most severe.

Reynolds had initially denied accessing or viewing the images and insisted that the computer from which they had originated ‘was used hy his lodgers’.

But he later changed his plea, admitting the images were his alone.

Mrs Justice Cox told London’s Appeal Court: “He accepted possessing the images and didn’t say that anyone else was responsible.”

Despite having pleaded guilty, Reynolds told the court that his plea should be discounted as he had been ‘seriously depressed’ at the time.

But Mrs Justice Cox, sitting with Lord Justice Elias and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones, concluded there was ‘no merit in any of the grounds advanced’ and that the former Pc had ‘pleaded guilty of his own free will’.

Noting that some of the children depicted in the images were ‘extremely young’, the judge concluded by saying: “The sentence was neither wrong in principle nor manifestly excessive.”