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January 2003

18 months for disgraced police officer


A POLICE officer who possessed thousands of child-pornography images has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

Officers raided the Chester constable Robin Mc-Innes' home to find images of children "of the vilest possible nature".

The 46-year-old, who had been a police officer for 27 years, quit his job with the Cheshire force after his arrest in September 2002.

He was jailed for 18 months at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to 14 charges relating to over 15,000 indecent photographs of children.

Judge Elgan Edwards told him: "These images are of the vilest possible nature and those who look at them and compile them, albeit in the privacy of their own home, commit a serious offence."

McInnes said he had begun visiting child porn sites because of material he had seen through his work and media coverage.

Following his release from prison, McInnes will be required to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for the next 10 years.

Deputy Chief Constable of Cheshire, Ian Holding, said: "It is important that those who seek to commit these reprehensible crimes are caught and brought to justice to ensure the safety of the public.
"This sentence should serve to reassure the public that all those committing such offences can be traced and prosecuted, regardless of their background or occupation"

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