Paedo hunter cop convicted for child porn

Judge blasts his ‘breach of trust’


A RE­SPECTED po­lice­man who helped to hunt pae­dophiles was caught with nearly 1,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Lee Vin­cent Kelly, 50, had been due to re­ceive a com­men­da­tion from his chief constable to mark 19 years of out­stand­ing ser­vice.

Kelly had been work­ing with un­der­cover of­fi­cers in a child sex crimes unit and was pre­vi­ously in­volved in tar­get­ing drug gangs.

But his ca­reer ended in dis­grace when the down­loaded pic­tures were found dur­ing a raid at his home in De­cem­ber 2016.

He ad­mit­ted his guilt at Pre­ston Crown Court but de­nied the im­ages were for sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Judge An­drew Wool­man told Kelly he had nar­rowly avoided go­ing to prison.

He said: “You gained, no doubt, A CRASHED plane stands on end af­ter a mir­a­cle es­cape for the pi­lot and pas­sen­ger.

The air­craft flipped on to its roof as it hit a field near a lot of tech­ni­cal knowl­edge as to how the dark web worked and how peo­ple ex­changed im­ages of chil­dren.

“Quite wrongly and in a dread­ful abuse of trust you used that knowl­edge for your­self. I have come to the con­clu­sion that I can, just, jus­tify the sus­pen­sion of a prison sen­tence.

“I’m do­ing that be­cause you were of good char­ac­ter and be­cause of all the good work you have done Bradford on Avon, Wilts. Res­cue teams ar­rived to find the fliers walk­ing around un­scathed.

The pic­ture was taken as fire crew hoisted the plane up­right. be­fore you brought dis­grace upon your­self.”

Kelly, who lost his job at Greater Manch­ester Po­lice, ad­mit­ted mak­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren. He was sen­tenced to 10 months in jail, sus­pended for two years, and or­dered to at­tend re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions. The judge pro­hib­ited the pub­li­ca­tion of the de­fen­dant’s photo and full ad­dress for the pro­tec­tion of other un­der­cover of­fi­cers and in­tegrity of op­er­a­tions.

Kelly pre­vi­ously lived in the Burn­ley area.

Lisa Roberts QC, in mit­i­ga­tion, said Kelly con­ceded he went about his job in a “wholly im­proper way” and had shown gen­uine re­morse.

You gained knowl­edge of how the dark web worked


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