Child porn cop sacked

PC Christopher Little
PC Christopher Little
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A DISGRACED police officer has been sacked after admitting child porn charges.

PC Christopher Little, who was based at Peterlee Police Station, was handed a three-year community order at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard how six indecent movies featuring children were retrieved from the 33-year-old’s computer.

Julia Bell prosecuting, said: “An investigation led to the arrest of the defendant.

“The defendant’s computer was explored and he was arrested for possession of indecent images.”

The court heard that one of the movies Little had downloaded showed an adult male engaged in a sexual act with a five-year-old boy.

At a previous hearing Little pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing indecent images.

The court heard that two of the images were classed as category four images, the second most serious level of indecent imagery.

Little had been serving with Durham Constabulary, but following the charges Adam Samuels, mitigating, told the court that he was dismissed from the force on Tuesday.

Little, of Manor Drive, Benton, North Tyneside, was sentenced to a three-year community order with a three-year supervision order.

He must also pay £85 costs and attend treatment at a sex offender’s group.

Passing sentence, district judge Stephen Earl told him: “As I have indicated, what underpins this type of offending is the abuse of children.

“In order for this to happen, children have to be abused by somebody, and this is what, in a sense, having these kind of images encourages.

“I have taken into account your personal circumstances as indicated in the report and the fact that you have lost your employment.

“It’s no small matter that you have spent some years building a career that you have lost as a result of this offending.”