EX PCSO James Wicks sentenced for possession of indecent images of children
January 21, 2016, 3:32 pm
James Wicks, 35, from Basingstoke was today sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to two yearsâ€™ imprisonment after pleading guilty to six offences of possessing indecent images of a child, one offence* of distributing an indecent image of a child and one offence of being concerned in supplying a class A drug. He will be on the sex offender register for 10 years and will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order after his release.
Following the sentence, John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: â€œThis case is simply shocking and disturbing. â€œThe movies found in possession of James Wicks can be described as some of the worst type classified as category A seen by experienced officers in the child abuse team.
â€œThe idea that some individuals find these scenes â€˜enjoyableâ€™ and download such images for their own sexual gratification is simply sickening and very disturbing. Their actions contribute to the continuous sexual abuse of children.
â€œThe fact that James Wicks a PCSO for Thames Valley Police had in his possession these movies and images, is even more alarming. His duty was to care for the community, not to pose a serious risk.
â€œWicks had admitted attending a friendâ€™s address and taking with him Crystal Meth which he shared for the purposes of sexual pleasure and in exchange for indecent movies of children.
â€œThese were put on a memory stick which he took away with him. Taking the drug lowered his inhibitions which led to conversations on social media and on some occasions distributing the movies he had in his possession. He distributed through Skype three of those movies, which depicted the sexual abuse of children for the â€˜entertainmentâ€™ of other ill-minded individuals. Internet based chats were retrieved from Mr Wicksâ€™ computer which included conversations between himself and like-minded people discussing him travelling to Thailand to rape children with friends.
An investigation from Hampshire Police led to the arrest of James Wicks in August for possession of indecent images of children and for sending obscene publications via Skype.
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Mr Montague said: â€œJames Wicks admitted being in possession of these images but denied that it was for his enjoyment and tried to blame other men who would have had access to their computers.
â€œWe did not accept this argument, the evidence was compelling and the number of images and their seriousness demonstrated that they were not there by accident. At no point did James Wicks, as a member of the police contact his colleagues to alert that an offence was committed.
â€œThis case shows that the Crown Prosecution Service together with the police are determined and committed to bring to justice these serious criminals.â€