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Former Kent Officer Jailed
A former Kent police officer has been jailed for nine years after admitting nine sexual offence charges.
Timothy Neville Ryton, aged 45, formerly of Folkestone pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing indecent images, two counts of voyeurism, two counts of taking indecent videos and two counts of distribution of indecent videos.
Ryton was found to own a mobile phone with a private messaging app. Investigating officers were able to identify locations that the phone was connected to wifi, thereby determining the phone and messaging account belonged to Ryton by cross referencing his movements.
This included a private address in Kent, the public guest wifi account at Kent Police, and locations in London, Paris, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Rome during 2016 and January 2017. The offences, using the private messaging app, were carried out between 5 and 7 November 2016 whilst Ryton was at his private address in Folkestone.
Using the name ‘Hubbabubba71’ Ryton posted sexual images and videos he had made, shared other obscene material, and used language which was graphic, obscene and sadistic on the messaging app.
Head of Public Protection at Kent Police, Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Richards said: "It’s abhorrent that whilst he was a serving police officer, Ryton committed these type of offences. He betrayed the trust placed in him by the public and colleagues.
"Our role is to protect and serve, keep communities safe and safeguard the most vulnerable. Ryton did exactly the opposite and now, quite rightly, will serve his time in prison.
Whilst sentencing Ryton, the Right Honourable Judge Niblett described the case as ‘wholly exceptional’, and said Ryton was a ‘deeply disturbed man.’ The Judge told Ryton: "To read and hear your chat logs was chilling and show your acts were deliberately calculated and wicked. You represent significant danger to children, especially young girls. This case portrays possibly the worst breach of trust I have ever seen."
He also handed Ryton an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and ordered that two phones belonging to Ryton were forfeited and destroyed.
Ryton, was arrested on 23 January 2017 and suspended from duty the following day. He was subsequently dismissed without notice at a Public Misconduct Hearing on 7 April.
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