Tuesday, July 2, 2013

UK - Disgraced PCSO (Daniel Trayling) avoids jail for child porn offences

PCSO Daniel Trayling
Daniel Trayling
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By James Pepper

A disgraced former PCSO has avoided jail despite more than 100 images of child pornography being found on his computer and his mobile phone.

Daniel Stephen Trayling, of Elmwood Close, Wallington, was given a 12 month community order and will be under the supervision of a probation officer for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of indecent images of children.

Police officers raided the 24-year-old's home in February last year, while he was still working for the Metropolitan Police.

124 illegal images were found on his home computer and mobile phone, with one rated level four, the second worst level of child pornography.

Trayling, who comes from a family of police officers, and who had designs of being one himself, was charged in September but protested his innocence for well over a year, until pleading guilty moments before his trial was due to begin on June 3.

At Croydon Crown Court on Monday, July 1, the shamed 24-year-old was ordered by the Recorder of Croydon Judge Warwick McKinnon to pay £1354 for prosecution costs as he had held out "until the court door" to admit his crimes.

Judge McKinnon said: "I will give you credit, because the law says I must. You are a man of previous good character, and these convictions have destroyed your prospective career of choice."

Trayling, who worked in schools in Bromley as part of his role, was suspended following the charges, but resigned before any further disciplinary action could be taken at a pending misconduct hearing.

As well as placing limitations on his internet access, Judge McKinnon, said: "You will have a specified activity requirement order which is designed to bring your thinking back to reality from errant ways you have demonstrated. If you breach your sentence you will face an immediate custodial sentence."

Very few details of the case were read out during the sentencing hearing on Monday.

Speaking outside court, Trayling's solicitor Henry Oghoetuoma, said: "Daniel Trayling would like to put this chapter behind him, learn from the past and move forward constructively."

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