Cambridgeshire police chaplain admits possessing indecent pictures of children

Rev Stephen Talbot

Rev Stephen Talbot - Credit: Archant

A former police chaplain has admitted making and possessing indecent images of children.

Stephen Talbot, 63, of Main Street, Little Downham, today (Monday) at Cambridge Crown Court also admitted perverting the course of justice.

Talbot, who was arrested on October 1, worked as chaplain for Cambridgeshire police but resigned on the day he was arrested.

He admitted a charge of making 14 indecent images of children ranging from category A to C and possessing four category C indecent images of children.

Talbot also admitted a charge of intending to perverting the course of justice by removing a hard drive from his computer, smashing it and depositing it in bins.

Detective superintendent Gary Ridgway, head of the Public Protection Unit, said: “Some images found on Talbot’s computer were at the highest level and his deliberate act to destroy further evidence means we will never know the true extent of his offending.

“Safeguarding the most vulnerable in society is our priority, so making sure we stop those responsible for this type of crime, no matter who they are, is imperative.

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“There has been an enormous breach of trust to those Talbot counselled in his role as a chaplain to the force and I welcome the guilty pleas.”

Talbot, who was released on bail, will be sentenced on February 16.