Detective Jailed over Child Porn Collection

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Detective Jailed over Child Porn Collection

By Melvyn Howe, PA News
Fri 28 Nov 2003 – 5:38pm (UK)

A highly regarded detective trained to deal with children was jailed for five months today for an “appalling” collection of paedophile pornography.

Kevin Dunks, 27, would often finish duty, down several cans of lager and then spend hours surfing the Internet to satisfy his secret desires.

When fellow officers raided the constable’s home and examined his computer hard drive they found hundreds of images covering a wide range of carnal interests, London’s Southwark Crown Court was told.

They not only included depictions of penetrative sex between children and adults, but various activities between consenting “geriatrics”, and material clearly connected with the gay scene.

Nick Mather, prosecuting, said the defendant’s response to his arrest was: “Do I have to start getting worried?”

However, Dunks of Denmark Road, Hornsey, north London, showed no apparent concern as Judge Peter Fingret said there was no alternative to immediate custody for the one offence he had admitted of possessing indecent images of children last August.

“They are appalling examples of child pornography and clearly reflect the evil exploitation of young children.”

The judge told the detective he had been “unimpressed” by assertions that he was only interested in adult material and had downloaded the paedophile pictures by mistake.

“You said you were trying to delete these images, but you transferred them to a disc and then stored the disc.”

If it was really a case of an inadequate downloading system, “it is abundantly clear to me the obvious solution would be to alter your system as soon as you realised the nature of the images.

“But you did no such thing.”

He added that in addition to the prison sentence he would have to register as a sex offender for seven years.

The court had heard that Dunks’ downfall came when his flatmate was using the defendant’s computer and came across a number of suspect images.

Mr Mather said that as well as recovering a total of 15 of the forbidden pictures, officers from the Serious Crime Group, who searched his home, also found a small quantity of “personal use” cannabis.

That matter had been dealt with by way of a caution just before the start of today’s hearing.

He said the defendant, who had joined the Metropolitan Police in 1997, had been trained to deal with child witnesses.

At the time of his arrest, however, he was stationed at Holborn CID dealing with a wide range of major crime.

Adrian Chaplin, defending, blamed his client’s transgression on a computer file sharing system he described as a “form of Russian Roulette”.

In addition to providing him with the adult pornography he was interested in, he unwittingly scooped up a range of unwanted material including the child sex images, the barrister insisted.

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