Former police worker from Westham admits making indecent images of children

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A former driver and administrator for Sussex Police has received a suspended sentence after admitting to making indecent images of children.

Stephen Swanton, 52, unemployed, of Linkway, Westham was given a suspended sentence for offences relating to indecent images of children when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court today (September 11).

He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to nine offences of making indecent images of children, including some of the most serious categories, one offence of possessing a prohibited image of a child, and two offences of possessing extreme adult images.

Swanton was given a 20-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also given a two-year post-release supervision order.

He was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order restricting his access to computers until further order by the court, and will be a registered sex offender for ten years.

He is also required to attend a sex offender treatment programme.

The court ordered destruction of the computer equipment that was seized.

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

Swanton was arrested at his previous address in Nevill Road, Uckfield, in April 2014 and now lives at Linkway, Westham.

Police say there is no evidence any of the images are of local children and there is no evidence of any ‘contact’ offending, whether on line or in person.

Swanton was an admin worker and driver for Sussex Police HQ in Lewes until June 2014 when he was dismissed for gross misconduct as result of his arrest and charge. He was not a police officer.

All the offending took place while he was off duty at his then home address in Uckfield, using his own computer equipment, and had no connection with his employment. His work did not bring him into contact with children.

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