PC caught with 500 indecent images of kids on phone banned from force for life

A police officer who admitted making and sharing indecent images of children has been sacked.

Darren Bond, 46, is due to be sentenced over the "wholly abhorrent offences" later this month.

The former constable was suspended by Avon and Somerset Constabulary following his arrest in November 2017.

A special hearing on Wednesday ruled that Bond, who was based in Bristol, should be dismissed without notice for gross misconduct.

The force's chief constable said the nature of the ex-copper's offences presented a "real threat to the safety of children within our communities and beyond".

Bond joined the Metropolitan Police in 2002 before taking a job in the West Country in 2006.

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He admitted eight charges relating to making and distributing indecent images – some of the highest level of severity – at Gloucester Crown Court last month.

Documents from the misconduct hearing show that authorities found 579 images and six movies on two mobile phones seized during Bond's arrest.

They also state that he sent several images to others known only as "dad daughter" and "teen lesbian16" on online chat platforms Kik and RandoChat.

Bond, who was not present at his misconduct hearing, is now barred from ever working for the police again.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who chaired the inquiry, said: "PC Bond has pleaded guilty to wholly abhorrent offences and I utterly condemn his behaviour.

"Downloading or sharing images of child abuse perpetuates a vile industry and encourages offenders to commit acts of abuse.

"There is no place for him in policing or in Avon and Somerset Police.

"The first purpose of the police misconduct regime is to protect public confidence in the police service, and PC Bond's disgraceful criminal conduct will have caused serious damage in this respect.

"The only way to rebuild that trust is to demonstrate through his dismissal that there is no place to hide for people who commit this sort of criminality in society let alone policing.

"The second purpose of the police misconduct regime is to uphold high standards in policing and deter misconduct.

"I know that police officer and staff colleagues will be shocked that such offences have been committed by a police officer in Avon and Somerset.

"This dismissal of PC Bond is necessary to uphold those high standards.

"The third and final purpose of the misconduct regime is to protect the public; and the nature of offences committed by PC Bond do present a real threat to the safety of children within our communities and beyond.

"Whilst I have no evidence that PC Bond used his position to commit these offences or indeed committed them on duty, he did occupy a position of trust in the eyes of the public and it is necessary to dismiss him in order to protect the public."

Bond is due to be sentenced on September 21.

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