November 2011

Suffolk policeman Ian Reynolds jailed over child abuse images

A Suffolk police constable who viewed indecent images of children has been jailed for nine months.

Ian Reynolds, 44, of Thetford, Norfolk, admitted possessing and editing 120 illicit images of children at Norwich Crown Court last month.

Ch Insp Kim Warner from Suffolk Police, said Reynolds had betrayed the public’s trust. He resigned in May after his crimes were uncovered.

Speaking after sentencing, she said he had “betrayed” his colleagues.

Reynolds worked as an emergency response officer when he was arrested in March after a team searched his home and seized his computer.

‘Highest moral standards’

“What is apparent is ex-constable Ian Reynolds has let himself down severely,” Ch Insp Warner said.

“However, he also betrayed the trust of his colleagues, and the general public of Suffolk who rightly demand the highest of moral standards from members of the police service.

“Most importantly, and what must not be forgotten is that the real victims in this case, are the children who appear in the images and it is with them that our sympathies must lie.

“There is no place within the constabulary for officers such as ex-Pc Reynolds.”

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for seven years.