Search

Hackney police officer caught in child porn sting escapes jail with community order

16:06 31 January 2013

A police officer who downloaded child porn while working for the Met’s Specialist Operations division protecting MPs was sentenced to a three-year community order this week.

A police officer who downloaded child porn while working for the Met’s Specialist Operations division protecting MPs was sentenced to a three-year community order this week.

Christopher Exley, 33, from Blackberry Court, Woodmill Road, Upper Clapton, kept 53 indecent images of young children on two laptops and a memory stick at his home.

The pictures were discovered after he was caught in an online police sting targeting websites used by paedophiles.

Treatment

At the Old Bailey on Monday, Judge Anthony Leonard QC also ordered Exley to take part in an internet sex offender treatment programme. “You get no special treatment as a result of having been a police officer, as you should have known better,” he said.

“But, on the other hand, you have lost a lot through your plea, because you’ve been dismissed and not even allowed to resign and that will have a substantial effect on the rest of your life.”

Prosecutor Richard Hearnden told the court that, using an instant messenging service called MSN, Mr Exley interacted with an undercover officer known as ‘Jo’ and told her things which strongly suggested he had a sexual interest in boys around the age of 10.

He was arrested at his workplace in Charing Cross, where he was part of the diplomatic protection unit.

Exley pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent images of children.

He denied arranging or facilitating a meeting to engage in sexual activity with a child, and this allegation was dropped.

He was sentenced to a three-year community order, during which he must complete the internet sex offender treatment programme, an 18-month supervision order and a month-long, electronically tagged curfew between 8pm and 6am.

Latest News Stories

19:00
Android tablet.

Android enthusiasts and professionals will be able to learn about the latest advances and listen to expert speakers at Europe’s largest developer conference next week.

Hackney Youth Parliament

More than 7,000 youngsters cast their vote in this year’s Hackney Youth Parliament elections in a record turnout.

10:31
Alderman Andrew Parmley awards David Annor with the Highly Commended Trainee of the Year Award at the City Business Traineeship Awards, held on 30th September

A high-flying young business trainee has been handed a prestigious award.

Yesterday, 17:01
The proposed development at Wilmer Place

Campaigners have failed in a High Court bid to block a new Sainsbury’s supermarket and flat development they say will blight a picturesque part of Stoke Newington.

Most read news

The family to which Ebola belongs could be as old as 23 million years.

The gaming industry’s answer to the Oscars has dished out its annual awards.

Potential female candidates are already being prepared for the upcoming diocese vacancies in Southwell, Nottingham, Gloucester and Oxford.

Watch the moment the Shadow Chancellor got interrupted by a daring arachnid.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hackney Gazette e-edition today E-edition