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Special constable sentenced for online child sexual abuse

Former Special Constable Jack Mallinson had previously pleaded guilty to six charges.

Former Special Constable Jack Mallinson, 26, had been based with West Yorkshire’s operational support team. He was also a trainee sollicitor. 

He has now been given a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years, for posting online messages fantasising about abusing children and possessing thousands of child sexual abuse images. He will also be placed on a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention order and was given a two month community order. 

He had been identified by NCA investigators after using instant messaging app Wickr to send encrypted content and was arrested on January 7 last year. 

In posts from October 2020, he wrote about a fictional scenario where he abused two young children and discussed his intentions to abuse a baby. 

He had 2,263 indecent images of children on his mobile phone in categories A-C upon his arrest and 14 extreme pornographic bestiality images on his gaming laptop. 

He denied ever committing contact abuse and said the posts were designed to be “outlandish and provocative”. 

He was charged with three counts of making indecent images of children, one count of possessing images, one count of possessing extreme pornographic bestiality images and one count of publishing obscene posts. 

He had been suspended from duty once the NCA investigation began and the misconduct investigation will now resume now that the court case has closed. 

NCA operations manager Matthew Brooks said: “Jack Mallinson has undoubtedly abused the huge responsibility entrusted in him as a solicitor, and by West Yorkshire Police.

“Although he did not commit physical abuse, the very fact he posted such disgusting messages to complete strangers online indicates he poses a sexual threat to children.

“He also had a significant collection of child abuse material in his possession. Behind every one of these images and videos is a young victim, who is powerless and exploited.

“The NCA will continue to do everything it can to bring offenders like Mallinson to justice and protect those affected by online child sexual abuse.”

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