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North Yorkshire Police camera operator jailed for indecent images and voyeurism

North Yorkshire Police camera operator jailed for indecent images and voyeurism

Published by Harry Long at 3:58pm 2nd March 2020.

A former North Yorkshire Police camera operator has been jailed for four years - for possessing and distributing indecent images of children and voyeurism.

  • 36 year-old Bradley Paul Smith was caught with thousands of indecent images, including of children. 
  • Police found the images on smart phones, tablets and laptops.
  • He pleaded guilty to seven separate offences and was sentenced at York Crown Court 

36 year-old Bradley Paul Smith, from York, worked as a safety camera van operator with the force until he was arrested on 6th February 2019 and suspended from duty. 

He was arrested after officers found thousands of indecent images, including some of children - dating back to 2011 - on smartphones, tablets and laptops 

The images including those classified in the most extreme Category A, as well as Category B and C offences.

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Smith pleaded guilty to seven separate offences at York Crown Court on 10th February and was sentenced today (2nd March).  He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Detective Sergeant Lee Allenby, of the Online Abuse & Exploitation Team, said:

“When the evidence of his offending was presented to him during the investigation, Bradley Smith initially claimed he was only interested in adult pornography and that the indecent images of children were downloaded accidently.

“However, we were able to prove beyond doubt that he is a serious offender and it is pleasing that he admitted his guilt at court. He is now facing up to the consequences of his sickening actions.”

DS Allenby added:

“A very concerning aspect of the investigation is that Smith, while still on police duties and on the same day of his arrest, had uploaded two Category A indecent images of children on his personal tablet device.

“This showed how deeply he was embroiled in this depraved and secretive world. However, there is no evidence or suggestion that offences were committed using police equipment.

“This case shows that North Yorkshire Police is determined and equipped to secure justice in such a complex investigation. Also that we operate without fear or favour even when the suspect works for the same police force.”