Peter McIlduff was arrested after detectives discovered the 39-year-old was communicating with a known paedophile in an internet chat room where pictures of child pornography were traded.
Officers raided his home in Stockport, Greater Manchester, last September and confiscated a laptop from his locker at Wythenshawe police station.
They recovered hundreds of images downloaded over a three-year period, including 69 of the most disgusting scenes of abuse – labelled category A – featuring children as young as three.Bang to rights!
Nice work for once, lads. I can't imagine how gutting it must feel to know that one of your colleagues is the very worst sort of wrong 'un...
Judge Paul Lawton imposed a 12-month suspended jail sentence after hearing that McIlduff had sought counselling, adding: 'As there has been a rise in defendants going to prison, there is a drain on resources and staff.'*speechless*