Police expert caught with abuse images
Techie gets 14 months
A technology expert given special clearance to examine police computers has been caught with child sex abuse images.
Joseph McCabe, a 52-year-old man from Perthshire, Scotland, was jailed for 14 months following a hearing in Perth.
The court heard McCabe, who was an IT consultant in human resources for the Metropolitan Police, found himself in a downward spiral sparked by an interest in adult pornography.
He admitted possession of 33 films and 13,000 images which were found at his former home in Bridge of Earn, south of Perth. His lawyer said he "binge downloaded" material in order to view it later.
The judge said he had no option but to jail McCabe because 200 images or video clips were level 5 - the most severe type of material.
The Met dismissed McCabe when he was caught with the images, the BBC reports. ®
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"a downward spiral sparked by an interest in adult pornography"
No, absolutely not.
This is the same argument as "cannabis is a gate-way drug" and "playing violent video games made him kill". All utterly unproven and mostly derided by any rational thinking person on the planet.
You view kiddie fiddling because thats how you get your jollies, not because you found that the more pr0n you viewed, the more desensitised you got and therefore the more depraved you searched for (the argument thats being used).
I'm an adult male, i've been loitering on the world wide wibble for close on 2 decades, i've found many and varied pr0nography in that time, at times some pretty sick shit - yet I have no inclination towards kiddie pr0n. Am I weird ? Do I simply have greater mental strength than these people ? Or is this a straw-man argument once again ?
The sooner the admission is made that an inclination towards kiddie fiddling is a long-term mental issue and that there is no "cure", the better. The longer we persist in the lie that it's a phase, a curable condition or some other cock-and-bull, the longer society will stay in it's downward spiral of fear.
Exactly. It's not p0rn that makes you a pedo but it's that if you're a pedo then you will look for child p0rn.
In the same way violent computer games cannot make you a psychopath but if you are one you will look for and tend to mostly play violent games.
Re "He was..."
He was... the kind of person the police will be relying on to help them decide whether to pull the plug on a site or not. Or the kind of person they rely on to help them decide whether a suspect (perhaps secretly known to the 'expert' from within a group of like minded individuals) should be prosecuted or not. Nominet have to worry about their own reputation. A corrupt or inept individual working with the police will be protected as far as is possible in order to preserve the reputation of the force.
He may not have been a police officer and he may have been sacked, but who's to know what he's been doing all the time before he was sacked. I don't and neither do the police. Ultimately, he was part of that which prosecutes those who do what he himself was doing, and I'm not comfortable with that hypocrisy.