Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Antony Vodden the Policeman found with 'disgusting' child porn in sting operation walks free from court - 2nd Aug 2011

A policeman caught with a child porn stash after bragging about it online has been spared jail.

The Metropolitan Police sergeant was trapped in an online sting by an Australian officer, but walked free from court yesterday.

Antony Vodden, 46, kept 110 vile images on his home PC, including 12 at the second highest level of severity.

He was investigated by police after he contacted a female undercover detective from Australia via a chat room used by paedophiles.

Vodden, a police sergeant for 24 years, was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 15 months, at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

Judge John Price said: 'You downloaded images of children being abused. It was perverted and disgusting behaviour.

'This was real children being abused, they were not cartoon figures, they were real children being abused by adults.'

Jurors heard how Vodden was snared after sending obscene message to the Australian officer, including claims he had molested children aged 10 and 15.

He was heard to have made contact with a user with the pseudonym Fcuknolimits and the email address avodden@aol.com on Google Hello on March 27, 2008. Read More

Judge john Price described Vodden's behaviour as 'perverted and disgusting'

Vodden, of Uxbridge, Middlesex, was ordered to sign on to the sex offenders register for ten years, told he must attend an internet sex offender programme for 60 days and made to contribute £500 towards the cost of his trial.

He was cleared following a retrial earlier this year of one count of distributing indecent photographs of children.