By Paul Cheston
A police officer who downloaded child porn while working for the Met diplomatic squad which protects MPs was spared jail today.
Christopher Exley, 33, kept a stash of 53 indecent images of young children on two laptops and a memory stick at his home.
He was caught in a police sting targeting paedophile websites and pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent images of children. Judge Anthony Leonard QC sentenced Exley, of Clapton, to a three-year community order and ordered he undertake an internet sex offenders programme.
He was also handed an 18-month supervision order and given a month-long curfew with an electronic tag. The judge said: “You get no special treatment [...] as you should have known better."
"But, on the other hand you have lost a lot [...] because you’ve been dismissed for that and not even allowed to resign and that will have a substantial effect on the rest of your life.”