POLICE NONCE

Officer dismissed for child abuse images

19 Aug 2016


A police constable convicted of owning child pornography has been sacked.

PC
Stephen McMillan, 26, pleaded guilty to three offences relating to
indecent photographs of a 15-year-old and one offence of possessing an
extreme pornographic image at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on July 4.

The
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer was given a 12-week suspended
sentence and a two-year rehabilitation Sex Offender Order.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and ordered to pay costs of £700.

Following a Special Case Misconduct Hearing held on Wednesday (August 17), he has now been dismissed without notice.

MPS
professionalism lead Assistant Commissioner Helen King said: “The
offences to which PC McMillan pleaded guilty to are serious ones and
offences that rightly cause significant public concern.

“At a
time when much work has been done to improve the confidence of victims
to report child sex abuse and all sexual offences to the police, the
negative impact of an officer being convicted of making, possessing and
distributing an indecent image of a child is very obvious.

“All
police officers are entrusted with powers to enforce the law on their
fellow citizens. When a police officer is convicted of any offence by a
court this undermines the trust the public have in the police and the
confidence that is essential to the British model of policing by
consent.

“These convictions are so serious and the impact on
public confidence is such that the only appropriate outcome in this case
is for PC McMillan to be dismissed without notice.”

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