Welcome to another week.
A former police officer has been spared jail after 1,000 indecent images of children were found in his home – some of which he had made – because of his work exposing paedophiles. Lee Kelly was given a 10-month sentence, which has been suspended for two years.
The judge told Kelly that he felt it would be unjust to send him to prison immediately because of his previous good work during his career as a police officer. It is unclear whether any of the child abuse images were made or gathered during the time he served as a police officer, although media reports suggests this may have been the case. It is also not clear whether the police officer collected and produced images with a view to catching offending paedophiles or for his own use. There is some suggestion from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that Kelly was using the images for sexual gratification.
Despite the lack of clarity on issues going to motive, the CPS did not request a trial of fact to determine why Kelly downloaded the images in the first instance.
Our question to you this week then, is this: do you agree with the officer’s sentence?