Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/09/police_expert_prison/

Police expert caught with abuse images

Techie gets 14 months

By John Oates

Posted in Security, 9th March 2011 15:50 GMT

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. ®