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Ex-Jersey honorary policeman jailed for child sex images

Timothy Luce Image copyright States of Jersey Police
Image caption The judge told the Royal Courts of Jersey Luce had brought shame on the force

A former honorary policeman has been jailed for three years for making and distributing child abuse images.

Timothy Luce, 42, served as a constables officer in St John, Jersey, until he was arrested and stood down.

He admitted three counts of making indecent images and one count of distribution at the Royal Courts of Jersey.

The judge, Deputy Bailiff Timothy Le Cocq, said Luce had brought shame on the force.

He said: "We accept you feel genuine remorse... but it is not a victimless crime.

"These are real children suffering real abuse."

'Behind closed doors'

Luce's actions came to light after he contacted a 13-year-old girl on Facebook. Her mother informed her daughter's school and police were alerted.

The nature of the messages was not indecent but Luce had asked the girl not to tell anyone.

He had collected 1,731 images and 29 films over five years. A number were classified as level five, the most serious category.

Hugh Raymond, president of the honorary police association, said criminal records checks were made on serving officers every three years.

"If somebody offends after the checks it is very hard, there is little you can do unless somebody reports them.

"It's very difficult to know what people do behind closed doors," he added.

Luce was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for at least five years.

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