DECEMBER 2011

Carshalton police officer sentenced for child sex abuse images

A decorated Policeman has escaped jail after more than 1,000 images of child sex abuse were found on three of his computers.

Darren Dearling, 42, of Bramblewood Close, Carshalton, was found with images of children as young as six when police searched in home in March this year.

Dearling, who Isleworth Crown Court heard was a nudist, said he had been distracted by pop-up pictures while he was looking at adult pornography.

Judge John Denniss told Dearling at his sentencing on December 16: “The offences to which you have pleaded guilty required children to be abused. It is a criminal industry, and you are one of many who have created a market for it.”

The former policeman’s computers were found to have 1,275 images on them, 99 of which were deemed in the level four category, out of a possible five.

In light of Dearlings “long and distinguished career” and his early guilty plea, Judge Denniss sentenced the former policeman to a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The court heard how Dearling, a policeman for 16 years, had received a Police commendation after he saved a man’s life.

Dearling was first to arrive at the scene of a stabbing after a 999 call and managed to save the man and get statements from witnesses.

Judge Denniss said: “You have a had a long and distinguished career but because of these actions, it has come to an end.”

The judge said Dearling, who he described as a “pillar of the community”, had already been “well and truly punished” and appeared “broken and withdrawn”.

He said Dearling had been “lead astray by types of information on the internet” and had acted “naively”.

The court heard how Dearling had quite a serious problem of addiction but Judge Denniss said he believed a custodial sentence was appropriate.

He said: “The last thing I want to do is stand in the way of a long rehabilitation.”