Former Barrow Ministry of Defense Police Officer Sentenced for Sick Pictures of Children

A FORMER Ministry of Defense police officer who served in Barrow has been sentenced for making indecent images of children.

Andrew Stevenson, 24, was serving firearms stationed at the Barrow shipyard when he downloaded 165 indecent images.

A court heard after receiving intelligence that Cumbria Police executed a search warrant at Stevenson’s Ulverston home in August 2021.

Agents seized an iPad and an iPhone, and upon forensic examination, the devices were found to contain 94 most serious category A indecent images of children, 37 category B images, and 34 category C images.

Some of the images were accessed through a cloud storage facility that the defendant was using.

Previously a man of good character, Stevenson gave police an interview without comment, but admitted to all three offenses when he appeared in court.

Those complaints were as follows:

* That on or before June 3, 2021, in Ulverston, you downloaded 94 Category A indecent photographs of children. Category A is the most serious category for this type of offense.

* That during the same time period, also in Ulverston, he downloaded 37 indecent images of Category B children.

* And that during the same period, and also in Ulverston, he downloaded 34 Category C indecent photographs of children.

Stevenson was sentenced today to a three year community order at Carlisle Crown Court.

He was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and told to attend a shift program.

The defendant’s computer equipment was also seized.

Stevenson received a sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offender registry for five years.

Following the sentencing, Katie Beattie of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “As a serving police officer, Andrew Stevenson was expected to uphold the law and protect people.

“By downloading these images, I was entering directly into an industry that sexually exploits children.

“CPS and law enforcement will continue to work together to vigorously prosecute anyone who commits such heinous crimes, particularly those in positions of trust in our society.”

At an earlier court hearing it was said that Stevenson was now living with his family in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock.

Armed police officers began patrolling the Barrow shipyard in 2019.

The MDP’s Tactical Nuclear Firearms Unit provides a dedicated specialized firearms capability.

To join the unit, officers must pass a rigorous selection process to achieve their high-level tactical dynamic search qualification.

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