That's old news as such. There have been a number of arrests, one (I know of) in my old force, a fellow inspector I'd worked with on and off for some years. I never liked him, indeed had a few arguments with him - as I did on my last contact with him - but that was because he was a lazy sob. There was no intimation, at least to me, that he was into paedo pictures.
There is a big difference in actus between those who view images and those who actively seek out and abuse kids. The vast majority of this 2400 were image viewing.
Nice to think that some of them would be sweating now, not knowing when the knock on the door would occur.
Everyone is at it though. Sexual 'deviation' is a constant and knows no boundaries. Some deviants are legal, other are not. The moral bit with kids is obvious: vulnerable, exploitation, etc, but some of the other stuff is not. It goes from flashers and masturbators, whose motivation is a bit difficult to work out, to those who go for sex in weird places with the even weirder.
We did obs in Cannon Street railway station toilets where a hole had been drilled through a connecting wall between two cubicals. It wasn't a big hole but the others assured me it was big enough for some. There was a bloke who stuck his head into the urinals, hopefully just to smell but some suggested something really weird.
One bloke did the ‘normal’, stuck his dick through the hole and made a lewd suggestion to the officer (not me) next door. He was arrested and taken up to the BTP office above the WHSmith shop. While the officer phoned for transport (my van) the bloke ran at the windows, smashed one but missed the walkway outside and fell onto the concourse.
He turned out to be a high level chappie at a bank’s HQ in the City. The operation was closed down after that – important people getting caught is not on. But some of the peculiar ‘tastes’ of blokes you would not believe.
And there are so many of them. Paedophilia is one of many.
Two blokes buggering one-another used to be an offence. Then it was just down to three or more, or in a public place. Some of the case law suggested that judges might be sympathetic.
All these are deviants to all, some or few people.
After seeing so much my feeling is that if it is consenting adults, then no one should sit in judgement. When kids, those who are incapable of giving consent, those who are bullied, threatened or are under an obligation, etc, are involved then there is no excuse.
But who can blame two 15-year-olds?
There were many thousands on that list from the USA. I’m not sure where the 2400 came from. The evidence, if rumours are found to be true, was that they used their credit cards. I can’t help thinking that the list contains only the stupid police officers into looking at kiddy pictures.
It is creepy knowing that I’ve sat next to one on a couple of courses and worked with him in a cell block without any suspicion.
So who do you sit next to on a bus?
Circa 100 officers is wrong I think. It is 100 people employed by police so includes civvies. So two per force, average size is 4,500, is a small percentage. One wonders what the national average is.