Officer guilty of possessing indecent images of children dismissed without notice
A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer who pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children has been dismissed without notice following a misconduct hearing.
Detective Constable Paul Allgood, 60, who was attached to the MPS’s Economic Crime Unit, had pleaded guilty to three counts of making/possessing indecent images of children and three counts of outraging public decency when he appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on April 8.
He was sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment for all offences, suspended for 24 months, ten years on the Sex Offenders’ Register and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
At a misconduct hearing on Thursday (June 24), Allgood was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Discreditable Conduct, which was proven as gross misconduct.
The court heard that on June 4, 2019, officers from the Online Child Abuse and Exploitation Unit (OCSAE) executed a search warrant at Allgood’s home address in Enfield.
The OCSAE officers arrested him at the address on suspicion of being in possession of indecent images of children. Twenty electronic devices were seized.
He was charged by postal requisition on November 23, 2020, and was suspended from all duties prior to his court appearance.
“It was alleged that in doing so he breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Discreditable Conduct,” said the MPS.
After consideration of all the evidence, Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball found the allegation proven and Allgood was dismissed without notice.