Retired policeman Paul Johns, 53, of Gloucestershire was yesterday found guilty of making and distributing indecent images of children.
Father of two, Johns retired from the police force in 2012, having served in the RAF before starting his career with the police. In all aspects he seemed a responsible man, who had served his country for many years, both in the RAF and with the police. The judge found him however, to have “had a dark secret which went on for a long time.”
The prosecution informed the court that Johns’ offending began, alarmingly, in 2003 when was still a serving police officer. The police then received information last year that Johns had been communicating via Skype and sharing indecent images with another paedophile.
When Johns’ home was subsequently searched by the police, he showed them where to find the indecent images and admitted to his wife: “I’ve been doing child stuff.”
The police consequently found 818 images and 312 videos; of those, 55 images and 165 videos were classed as Category A. As we have previously written about here, these are the most severe kind of indecent images.
Sentencing Johns to 18 months in prison, ten years on the sex offenders register and a ten year sexual harm prevention order, Judge Jamie Tabor QC said: “A man with your job and your intelligence knew that these little children were suffering terribly. And you will know from your experience in your last job that they will live with that suffering for the rest of their lives.”
As we have seen time and again, this was a case of a respectable and upstanding man in a position of responsibility, abusing his power to abuse innocent and vulnerable young children. At Jordans Solicitors, we are committed to achieving justice for the innocent victims of these heinous crimes.
If you, or someone you know, has been affected by abuse of any kind, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist team of abuse lawyers on 0800 9555 094.