Cambridgeshire detective who downloaded sick child abuse images from his police force’s files is jailed for four years
- Detective Constable James Jordan accessed Cambridgeshire Police’s systems to view child abuse videos and pictures of female victims in cases of voyeurism
- Officers found images on his personal mobile phone and his own computer
- Jordan, 32, admitted five offences of making indecent photographs/pseudo photographs of a child and three offences of misconduct in a public office
A police detective in a child safeguarding unit who downloaded child abuse images from his own force’s files has been jailed for four years.
Detective Constable James Jordan accessed Cambridgeshire Police’s confidential systems to view child abuse videos and pictures of female victims in voyeurism cases.
The 32-year-old old copied child abuse videos from a case involving a young girl, which he was investigating.
When his police laptop was examined, officers found he had hidden images in a One Note file under the title ‘Hotel Greece’.
Jordan admitted eight offences which included five offences of making indecent photographs/pseudo photographs of a child, and three of misconduct in a public office.
Prosecutor Matthew Sorel-Cameron told St Albans Crown Court that Jordan, who was based at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough, had been a trainee Detective Constable in the Child Abuse Safeguarding Unit for three years.
Prosecutor Matthew Sorel-Cameron told St Albans Crown Court (pictured) that Jordan, who was based at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough, had been a trainee Detective Constable in the Child Abuse Safeguarding Unit for three years
Between February 2021 and his arrest in August 2022, Jordan had downloaded images of women from cases in which he was not directly involved. When questioned, he told investigators he began to look at the images to appear busy while avoiding work.
He would view the images at his desk at work and at home.
In May 2022, he collected the phone of a young girl during an investigation, which had child abuse videos on it. He interviewed the girl and then copied 12 images form the phone onto his own personal phone.
Three of the images were Category A, the most serious level, and four were Category C, the lowest level. The other five images could not be categorised.
All the images were still on his phone when he was arrested.
In a victim statement, the mother of the girl said he had abused her trust and would never have guessed he was the kind of man who had a sexual interest in children.
Mr Sorel-Cameron told the court that Jordan had also accessed a computer in the digital forensics unit. He looked at voyeurism and child abuse images, which he then stored on a USB stick.
There were 50 images at Category A involving the abuse of young children, including one aged 18 months.
The police investigation into Jordan and dealing with the 28 victims, who have received apologies, cost £400,000.
Michael Epstein, defending said Jordan, who is married, was a sensitive, caring, decent person but had brought the police into disrepute with his criminal behaviour. ‘He bears shame at every turn,’ he said.
Jailing him, Judge Michael Roques said: ‘This was a violation of a very high degree of trust placed in you.
‘You were not only a police officer, you were a member of child abuse and safeguarding unit. This was all in the background where at a national level after a number of high profile cases the police were trying to regain the public’s trust.’
Jordan must register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.
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