Police Arrest Police Officer, 40, Who Used Police Station Computer To Arrange Sex With 8 Year Old Girl

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Police arrest police officer, 40, who used police station computer to arrange sex with 8 year old girl

A police detective who used a police station pc to rearrange intercourse with an eight-year-old woman has been arrested and jailed.

Lee Cunliffe, 40, from Bolton, chatted on-line with a mom who he thought was providing her daughter for intercourse.

The detective constable for Higher Manchester Police (GMP) boasted within the chat about how he would journey to London to abuse the woman.

Police arrest police officer, 40, who used police station computer to arrange sex with 8 year old girl

However what he wasn’t conscious of was that the ‘girl’ he was talking to was an undercover police officer concerned in a sting operation to catch paedophiles.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Cunliffe, who labored in GMP’s specialist intercourse crime unit, had closed a probe right into a suspected paedophile, and considered the seized photogrphs for his personal perverse pleasure.

Cunliffe, a married dad-of-one had sexual curiosity in youngsters, nevertheless it was first seen by Metropolitan police in September, 2020, following a sting operation.

An officer on the London drive, posing as ‘Mel’, began a dialog with Cunliffe, who was utilizing the deal with ‘Steve S mancgent1’ on the web chatroom KIK.

The detective spoke about Mel’s fictional eight-year-old daughter ‘to be able to sexually abuse her’, telling her that he was ‘not merely a fantasist’, Liverpool Crown Courtroom heard.

‘A fantasist within the paedophile world is somebody who would speak about abuse all day lengthy however by no means really journey or come out from behind their gadgets to abuse. The defendant is saying that he’s not one in every of these,’ the investigator defined.

Cunliffe, who spent 17 years within the drive, informed ‘Mel’ his job gave him the ‘freedom to journey’ and that he visited London 5 – 6 instances every year.

Chatting from Swinton police station, he mentioned deliberate to go to the English capital the next month for 3 nights and detailed how he may get the woman to carry out intercourse acts on him.

The Met Police operation Operaton Mosecc, found ‘Steve S’ was really a serving officer with GMP, prompting a swoop on Swinton police station in October 2020.

Cunliffe was arrested and his iPhone was seized. Officers additionally raided his dwelling and located proof of recordsdata between 2014 and 2018 indicative of kid abuse on his Toshiba laptop computer.

Evaluation of the laptop computer additionally revealed Cunliffe had accessed a disc from the drive’s Excessive Tech Crime Unit in April 2020 whereas off obligation.

This prompted one other investigation which revealed Cunliffe had considered extra sick photographs as a part of a 2019 investigation regarding a 15-year-old woman.

{The teenager} alleged her boyfriend had taken a sequence of images of them having intercourse and shared them with out her data.

The boyfriend was arrested and his pc and cell phone have been taken in for evaluation.

Cunliffe lied on the crime log, claiming ‘there may be nothing on both gadget seized’, and the investigation was later closed.

He informed his supervisors he had tried and failed to achieve {the teenager} and her social employee. The suspect was informed there can be no additional motion.

However the court docket heard each gadgets contained 227 indecent photos and movies of kids, 155 of them essentially the most critical ‘class A’ photographs.

The laptop computer nonetheless containing the indecent photographs was returned to the boyfriend, who doubtlessly faces prosecution over a separate case of indecent photographs posted on-line.

After his arrest Cunliffe defended himself saying that although he felt ‘sexual pleasure’ throughout conversations with ‘Mel’ he wouldn’t have carried out any abuse.

Decide Andrew Menary QC informed Cunliffe:

 ‘Though a few of these offences have been dedicated by you in personal whereas off-duty, they’re all severely aggravated by the straightforward incontrovertible fact that as a police officer the general public is entitled to anticipate you’ll do all you possibly can and will have achieved to uphold the felony regulation.’

Noting that the kid Cunliffe tried to supply for intercourse was not actual, Decide Menary mentioned: 

 

‘It’s plain for me that the chance for that, had it arisen, then you definately would have taken it.’

He was handed a jail sentence of eight years and 4 months and no members of his household have been within the court docket.

 

He was additionally ordered to signal the intercourse offenders’ register for all times and made the topic of a ten-year sexual hurt prevention order.

His barrister Julian King mentioned the defendant has seen a psychotherapist who had identified ‘compulsive sexual behaviour dysfunction’.

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