Former police chaplain admits possessing indecent images of children

Rev Stephen Talbot

Rev Stephen Talbot - Credit: Archant

A former Cambridgeshire police chaplain has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

Rev Stephen Talbot, 63, of Main Street, Little Downham, entered his plea before a judge at Cambridge Crown Court, on Monday.

Talbot admitted a charge of making 14 indecent images of children ranging from category A to C and possessing four category C indecent images of children.

He also admitted a charge of intending to perverting the course of justice by removing a hard drive from his computer, smashing it and depositing it in bins.

Talbot was granted bail but ordered to re-appear at the crown court on February 16 for sentencing.

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A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said that Talbot resigned from his role supporting the force in October.

Det Supt Gary Ridgway, of Cambridgeshire police, said: “Some images found on Talbot’s computer were at the highest level and his deliberate act to destroy further evidence means we will never know the true extent of his offending.

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“Safeguarding the most vulnerable in society is our priority, so making sure we stop those responsible for this type of crime, no matter who they are, is imperative.

“There has been an enormous breach of trust to those Talbot counselled in his role as a chaplain to the force and I welcome the guilty pleas.”

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