Detective who downloaded indecent images of children sentenced

Serving police officer from Enfield sentenced over indecent pictures and ‘upskirting’ offence

Metropolitan Police

A detective constable who downloaded indecent images of children and tried to take ‘upskirt’ images of a schoolgirl has avoided a custodial sentence.

DC Paul Allgood, aged 60 from Enfield, pleaded guilty to three counts of making/possessing indecent images of children and three counts of outraging public decency when he appeared at Wood Green Crown Court in April.

Allgood returned to the same court on Tuesday 25th May, where he was sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment for all offences, but suspended for 24 months. The detective is part of the Metropolitan Police’s economic crime unit and will now face disciplinary proceedings after the conclusion of his case.

The court had heard that on 4th June 2019, officers executed a search warrant at Allgood’s home address in Enfield and arrested him. They later found indecent images on five of his electronic devices, including dozens in the worst category of indecency.

Allgood was released on conditional bail while the seized devices were analysed. He was charged by postal requisition on 23rd November 2020 and was suspended from all duties prior to his court appearance.

Commander Alex Murray said: “The possession of indecent images is not a victimless crime. We work closely with our counterparts in the UK and overseas to investigate criminal behaviour online, to share information and to identify offenders.

“We are committed to bringing anyone involved in the production, distribution and possession of this material to justice.

“The public will be concerned that the individual involved in this case is a serving police officer. His actions go against all the core values of policing and our swift action in this case demonstrates our commitment to tackling this crime, whoever and wherever offenders are.

“They can be assured that misconduct proceedings will swiftly follow the conclusion of this criminal case.”