British elite cop charged over obscene phone images

8th April 2014, Comments 0 comments

A police officer from the squad tasked with guarding the British prime minister's Downing Street residence has been charged with sharing obscene images via his mobile phone, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) controls access to Downing Street and Scotland Yard, the police headquarters in London and protects government ministers, former premiers and visiting heads of state and government.

"Following a review of the evidence, we have concluded that James Addison, a police constable in the DPG, should be charged with 11 offences," said Jenny Hopkins of the Crown Prosecution Service.

It is alleged that between February and June last year, he distributed "moving images via his mobile telephone" of an indecent nature.

The maximum punishment for such an offence is a fine, up to three years in jail, or both.

Addison will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 23.

Scotland Yard said 14 officers had been subject to criminal or misconduct investigation into the alleged possession and distribution of obscene images over mobile phones.

No others face possible criminal action; nine others are on restricted duties pending misconduct investigations.

The police force confirmed the images did not involve children.

© 2014 AFP

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