Royal police officer sentenced over indecent images

PC Adam Cox Image copyright PA
Image caption Adam Cox created an alter ego of a 17-year-old girl to exchange explicit chat online

A royal police officer who stole a dead woman's pictures to pose online as a 17-year-old girl has been given a suspended prison sentence.

PC Adam Cox, 31, was working in Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection when he created an alter ego to exchange explicit sexual chat with men.

The Old Bailey heard police found 1,691 extreme images on his computer.

Cox, of Windsor, Berkshire, had admitted four counts of possession of indecent images.

He was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, and 250 hours of unpaid work.

'Secret stash'

The court heard Cox had created an alter ego called Emily Whitehouse to chat with three men online.

When asked by them to send sexually revealing photographs he used images found online of a Canadian woman who had committed suicide at the age of 21.

When Cox's home was raided last year, police found images including one featuring an infant and others showing children as young as seven.

Image caption Adam Cox was dismissed by Scotland Yard on Thursday

Cox told investigators: "I'm not hoarding images. I have never meant to hurt anyone. I'm not a collector. I've not got a secret stash."

Judge Mark Dennis QC said: "It should be a matter of enduring shame on his part that he engaged in this offending with complete disregard for his oath and responsibility as a serving police officer."

Defence solicitor Nick Yeo said Cox had expressed "intense remorse".

Cox, who has also been made subject to a sexual harm prevention order, was dismissed by Scotland Yard on Thursday at a special case hearing.

Before his arrest he had been working for the force with responsibility for the security of embassies, Parliament and the Royal family.

The three men he contacted online - Harry Gibbs, 32, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Andrew Monk, 39, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, and Ajai Shridhar, 46, of Ealing, west London - all previously admitted attempting to possess indecent images of children and were each handed 12-month community orders.

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