Former Ministry of Defence photographer had child abuse images

A former Ministry of Defence photographer has been spared jail despite having hundreds of indecent images of children.

David Bowden claimed he had no sexual interest in children and instead was curious about the “mechanics” of extreme pornographic images between adults and animals.

The 68-year-old of Danesfield, Benfleet, appeared at Basildon Crown Court yesterday where he admitted making indecent photos of children, possessing extreme pornography and prohibited images.

John Oliver, prosecuting, told the court that following a raid on Bowden’s home on his birthday in 2018, more than a thousand images had been found

These included 35 category A images – the most serious kind – plus ten category B and three category C images.

He also had four still images of extreme pornography and 83 moving images, plus 1,132 prohibited images

Mr Oliver said in his police interview Bowden had claimed he had the images because they downloaded along with many other legal pornographic images which he had accessed over several years.

Mr Oliver said the prosecution did not accept that explanation.

Judge Cohen gave Bowden an eight month suspended prison sentence and a £500 fine, plus 40 hours of rehabilitation.