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Porn cop made images depicting ‘worst possible forms of child abuse’ says chief constable

Aidan McKay admitted 3 counts of making indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography

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A Cambridgeshire police officer – based at Huntingdon – who quit ahead of being given a suspended prison sentence for indecency charges, was accused by Chief Constable Nick Dean of doing “irreparable damage to public confidence”.

Aidan McKay pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography and was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years, on 19 December at Luton Crown Court.

He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention order and put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

Mr Dean, who chaired a formal disciplinary hearing, said: “We expect our officers and staff to uphold the highest standards of behaviour at all times; on this occasion PC Aidan McKay failed to do that.

“He showed complete disregard to the privileged position that was bestowed upon him as a police officer. I have made it clear that these high standards apply whether an officer is on or off duty.

Chief Constable Nick Dean, who chaired the meeting, said: “We expect our officers and staff to uphold the highest standards of behaviour at all times; on this occasion PC McKay failed to do that

Chief Constable Nick Dean, who chaired the meeting, said: “We expect our officers and staff to uphold the highest standards of behaviour at all times; on this occasion PC McKay failed to do that”

“We have and continue to invest heavily in developing the right culture within the Constabulary. PC McKay’s actions have done irreparable damage to public confidence, which takes time to repair.

“His actions have undermined the very essence of policing’s core values in protecting the public, especially children and vulnerable people, and helping those in need.

“Accessing indecent images is not a victimless crime. The images depict the worst possible forms of child abuse and those who access them create a market for further images to be produced.”

Mr Dean added: “We encourage anyone who suspects abuse to report it and they can have the confidence that we will act on it.

“The result of this hearing should demonstrate my commitment to remove people from the constabulary who fail to demonstrate the standards that everyone expects from policing.”

McKay’s case was, as is the procedure, considered by a hearing last Friday at police headquarters where he was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct, amounting to gross misconduct.

The special case hearing concluded that McKay would have been dismissed had he still been with the force.

He resigned as a police officer in August 2023.

 

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