A POLICE officer has been suspended and charged with making indecent images of children.
Thomas O’Connor (04/10/03) was found guilty of three counts of making indecent images and has been remanded into custody to appear at Tameside Magistrates Court today (09/06/2023).
O’Connor was immediately arrested and suspended from employment in February 2023, when the force received intelligence from the National Crime Agency.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Jones from GMP’s Professional Standards Branch said: “Charges of this nature against police employees are obviously concerning and we understand they have the potential to really damage public trust and confidence in the force.
“Though the investigation team’s work is ongoing, there is currently no evidence to suggest that these charges relate to anyone O’Connor has come into contact with whilst working for Greater Manchester Police.“
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Due to the case being subject to legal proceedings, it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”
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