Former Horsham man sentenced over indecent images

Simon Quinn former Horsham paedophile SUS-150617-114109001
Simon Quinn former Horsham paedophile SUS-150617-114109001

A man has been sentenced to imprisonment over offences relating to indecent images of children.

Former police constable Simon Quinn, unemployed, 43, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Thursday (June 11) having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to ten charges of making a total of 1,100 indecent images of children and one charge of possessing three extreme pornographic images.

He also pleaded guilty to the theft of a pair of handcuffs, a warrant card, two batons and a CS spray, from Surrey Police, and with possessing a prohibited weapon – namely the CS spray.

Quinn, of The Street in Rustington, was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment and forfeiture of the images and CS spray.

The prosecution, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, followed an investigation by the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police.

Quinn was arrested by POLIT officers at his then home address in Hawthorn Close, Horsham, in August 2013.

All of the images were obtained from the internet and there is no evidence of any contact offending.

Detective Constable Chris Smith said: “Although there was no evidence of any contact offending, each image in these cases represents a criminal offence of child abuse and we will continue our efforts to identify and bring to justice such offenders.”

Quinn was a constable in Surrey Police but had resigned four years ago.

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