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Retired senior police officer avoids jail after he was caught downloading images of young boys

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A retired senior police officer has avoided jail after admitting downloading indecent images of young boys. Ex-chief inspector Steven Sansbury, 55, left Lancashire Police in shame after the pictures were discovered after his arrest in January 2021.

Seven category B images of boys, aged between 13 and 15, and three category C images of boys, aged between eight and 15, were found on a laptop and a portable hard drive, Manchester Crown Court was told.

Sansbury’s offending in 2009 emerged after he was arrested at his home in Blackburn and the two devices were seized. Philip Barnes, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was interviewed in August 2021 and he explained that he accepted he had searched for homosexual pornography.

He had a particular interest in twinks – adults with the appearance of young, hairless men.” READ MORE: Police issue update after body of woman, 46, found near river READ MORE: Forensics scour scene after Tesco ATM blown apart in 'explosion' David Pojer, defending, said: “Mr Sansbury comes before the court humiliated, having been a senior police officer for three decades.

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