December 2017

Royal police officer who posed as teenage girl online hoarded indecent images of children

A royal police officer who posed online as a 17-year-old girl “for kicks” has admitted having more than 1,700 indecent pictures.

Pc Adam Cox, 31, created an alter ego called Emily Whitehouse to exchange explicit chat with other men online.

The Old Bailey heard he used images found online of a Canadian woman who committed suicide at the age of 21.

Cox, of Windsor, Berkshire, admitted four indecent images charges and will be sentenced on 22 December.

When his home was raided in June last year, 1,691 indecent and extreme images were found.

Cox, who worked in Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection but was suspended from duty on his arrest, told police: “I’m not hoarding images. I have never meant to hurt anyone.”

One of the images featured an infant, while others showed children as young as seven.

His computer was also found to contain chat logs and internet searches for “pre-teens”.

Cox pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of indecent images – 645 of the most serious category A pictures showing the rape or torture of children

He denied encouraging three men to attempt to get indecent images from “Emily” and the charges were ordered to lie on file.

Judge Mark Dennis QC said Cox had pretended to be a teenage girl “for kicks”.

Cox appeared alongside Harry Gibbs, 32, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Andrew Monk, 39, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, and Ajai Shridhar, 46, of Ealing, west London.

The three men, who had engaged in online chat with “Emily”, admitted attempting to possess indecent images of children.

Monk and Gibbs were each given a 12-month community order.

Shridhar will be sentenced on 22 December with Cox, who has been made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

November 2017

Met Police officer pleads guilty to possessing 1,700 indecent images of children

A Metropolitan Police officer who served in a unit protecting MPs has admitted possessing almost 1,700 indecent images of children.

PC Adam Cox, 37, was suspended from duty in August last year, after being arrested by Hertfordshire Police.

Appearing at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of indecent images of children, including 645 category A images, 201 category B images, 449 category C images and 396 extreme pornographic images.

The categories describe the severity of photos and videos, with A being the most extreme and including those showing penetration, sexual activity with animals or sadism.

Cox, of Dedworth Road in Windsor, has been bailed to appear at for sentencing on 15 December at the Old Bailey, where he faces a lengthy prison sentence.