June 2004

Former PC jailed for passing info to paedophile

A former police officer has been jailed for passing information from a police national computer to a paedophile friend which allowed him to continue abusing young children.

David Nutton, 38,of Kingfisher close,Newport, was jailed for 18 months for gross misconduct in office and 18 months, to run concurrent, for an indecent assault against a 12-year-old- boy dating back 16 years ago.

The court heard that between January 1 and September 25 last year, Nutton, a police constable serving on the Isle of Wight, was asked by his friend, Vaughan Evans, a minister in the spiritual humanist church, whether he was being investigated for paedophile offences after a complaint was made against him that he allowed boys to stay at his home.

Nutton accessed the Hampshire police intelligence system and the police national computer and found no investigation at that stage was taking place, the court heard. He then passed this information on to Evans, the court heard.

Evans, from Freshwater, Isle of Wight, was last year jailed for five years for charges of indecently assaulting a 10-year-old boy and distributing and making indecent images of children.

Nutton, who pleaded guilty today to the charge of gross misconduct in office, was found guilty in March this year of indecently assaulting the boy between 1988 and 1990.

The court was told that Nutton, who became a police officer six years ago, invited the boy back to his home to watch videos and indecently assaulted him 

Sentencing him, Judge Patrick Hooton said: “You were a serving police officer, you have debased your badge, brought shame on your force, created a scandal on the Isle of Wight because of your conviction after a trial for indecent assault on a young boy when you were much younger.”

Referring to the misconduct charge, the judge added: “You supplied information which was privy to the police force who were investigating a friend of yours and thereby you alerted him to the possibility of whether he could continue his actions or not.

“I am not for a moment saying you gave him the information with the express intent that he should continue, but that was the effect. It was very serious. You deserve and will receive a prison sentence.”

Nutton is likely to be released immediately as he has served nine months in prison, which is the equivalent of his 18-month sentence.