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Met police officer faces jail over child porn images

Met police officer faces jail over child porn images

A Metropolitan Police officer has admitted downloading more than 65,000 child porn images.

Pc Peter Ba-Han pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to one count of making indecent images of children. He downloaded 65,131 images including category A, B and C stills and videos.

Ba-Han, of Dawley, near Telford, in Shropshire, was suspended from duty after police seized a computer and external hard drives from his home in May 2013.

Judge Andrew Goymer said the amount of images was a "huge number" and 55-year-old Ba-Han could expect a prison sentence.

He said: "There must be no doubt in his mind about the seriousness of the offence to which he has pleaded guilty and the highly likely, if not inevitable, high sentence of immediate imprisonment.

"This quantity of images, albeit there may be some element of copying from one computer or another, is going to put it at the top end of the sentencing range.

"I do not hold out any hope for Mr Ba-Han that he will escape an immediate sentence of imprisonment."

Adjourning for a report, the judge addressed Ba-Han: "You need to understand you have pleaded guilty to serious offences of this kind with a very large number of images.

"I need to know more about you and your reasons for committing this offence."

Nicholas Yeo, defending, said his client would "inevitably" lose his job as a Met officer.

"He does not accept at the time of downloading, he knew what the images were.

"The searches are of some antiquity - May to October 2013 - and a great many of those images are of considerable antiquity."

Ba-Han, who was bailed with conditions including not to be near children under 18, will sentenced at the same court on March 23.