Ex-firefighter had thousands of sick images
A FORMER retained firefighter from Aldington has pleaded guilty to possessing more than 9,000 indecent images of children, some of them of the most serious nature.
Thirty-five-year-old Llewelyn George Buckland, of Celak Close, Aldington, appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on Monday and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
He pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children on November 17.
Following investigations into people buying child abuse images carried out by the Metropolitan Police, information was passed to Kent Police who carried out further inquiries into Buckland.
Officers quickly established Buckland had in his possession more than 9,335 indecent images of children ranging from level 1 to level 5 – level 5 being the most serious.
Det Supt Paul Fotheringham, head of Kent Police’s public protection unit, said: “He has compiled a sickening collection of images of children suffering real abuse.”
Buckland had 5,115 level 1 pictures; 1,191 of level 2; 1,666 of level 3; 1,310 of level 4; and 53 of the most serious nature – level 5.
The court heard how Buckland has continued to view indecent images while on bail.
Det Con James Traynor said: “I’m pleased this has been reflected in his sentencing.”
A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service treats the conduct of its staff very seriously and, following a Kent Police investigation and prior to the court case, Mr Buckland resigned from the service.”
Det Supt Fotheringham added: “I’m pleased that Kent Police’s public protection unit has once again removed a serious offender from Kent’s community and put him before the courts to receive just punishment.”