February 2017: Now living in Great Yarmouth

October 2003

Ex-detective spared jail over child abuse images

A former police officer from Kent has been spared jail after admitting downloading child sexual abuse images from the internet.

Sidney Fillery, 57, who was a detective constable at Catford police station until 1987, showed a “active interest” in websites targeted at paedophiles, Bow Street Magistrates heard.

Fillery was sentenced to a three-year community rehabilitation order after pleading guilty to 13 counts of making indecent images of children.

District Judge Caroline Tubbs said the case had given her “a great deal of concern”.

The evidence showed Fillery had made “a planned and conscious decision to access unambiguously named websites”, she said.

He was caught after police raided his offices in south east London as part of a separate investigation in December 2002.

Officers found pornographic material on the internet’s temporary files and parts of the computer’s hard drive.

The prosecution said Fillery, now a private investigator of Kingsingfield Road, West Kingsdown, had not expected to get caught because he never made any payments or subscriptions to the websites and did not save any images.

Hugh Davies, prosecuting, said evidence of dedicated searching and downloading of child sexual abuse images was found on Fillery’s computer at his work premises in Grange Road, Thornton Heath, south east London.