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Former Police Constable is sentenced for indecent image offences

News   •   Aug 07, 2017 18:58 BST

A Police Constable who has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service appeared on Friday, 4 August at Southwark Crown Court where he received two suspended sentences and was placed on the sex offenders register.

PC Grant Thomas, 40, who was attached to Met Training, pleaded guilty at the same court on Friday, 5 May to two separate indictments involving the making, distribution and possession of indecent photographs of children.

For the first indictments he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment – Suspended for two years in relation to three counts of making indecent photographs of children [categories A-C] and publishing an obscene article.

For the second indictment he was sentenced to two years imprisonment - suspended for two years in relation to two counts of distributing indecent photographs of children [categories A-C], two counts of making indecent photographs of children [category A and C] and one count of possessing extreme pornographic images.

The officer was arrested on Wednesday, 22 March and later charged for these offences on Thursday, 23 March.

Following his admission of guilt he was subject to an internal Special Case Misconduct Hearing that was held on Friday, 16 June where he was formally dismissed from the service.

Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Patricia Gallan said, "The public have a right to expect their officers to maintain the highest standards and to uphold rather than break the law.

“An officer behaving as this constable did undermines public confidence. Despite his admissions there is no longer a place for him within the organization.”

The officer was given two suspended sentences, a rehabilitation order for 60 days and was placed on the Sex Offenders register for ten years.