Policeman denies having animal porn

Policeman denies having animal porn

Policeman denies having animal porn

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A SERVING police officer has appeared in court accused of having two explicit animal porn videos.

PC Gareth Roscoe, aged 26, denies possessing the videos — both showing humans, one with a horse, the other with a dog.

The prosecution allege that PC Roscoe, who has served as a response officer based at Farnworth police station, had the videos stored on a mobile phone.

A jury of seven women and five men were yesterday shown the videos, each about one minute long, at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester.

It is alleged that PC Roscoe had the videos between January 26, 2009, and November 2, 2011.

He claims they were sent to an old phone more than six years ago and he was unaware that he had transferred them to another phone, which he also no longer uses.

The court heard yesterday that the videos were discovered by police when they raided PC Roscoe’s house in Leyland, Preston, on November 2, 2011.

Rob Hall, prosecuting, said the search was carried out in connection with an unrelated matter which was later dropped.

Police seized a Sony Ericsson phone and a Dell laptop from the defendant's bedroom.

The phone was found to contain the two videos, along with 106 legal pornographic images and 55 non-pornographic images.

The phone did not work when police seized it, and investigators had to replace the battery before they were able to access the material.

Mr Hall said two prepared statements were read out by PC Roscoe during two police interviews.

PC Roscoe, who has been a serving Greater Manchester Police officer since November, 2008, declined to make any further comments.

Mr Hall, reading one of the statements, said: "Roscoe said ‘I'm certain that the images were originally sent to a D600 model phone which I used between 2004 and 2006.

“These were sent to me by Bluetooth. I didn't request them. I don't recall but I didn't transfer individual files.

“When informed I was shocked. I wouldn't have looked at them since they were sent to me prior to 2006’."

Police investigators found that the images were transferred to the phone's memory card along with legal pornography and other videos on January 31, 2007.

It was not known when the images were last accessed.

PC Roscoe has pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images “which are grossly offensive and disgusting”.

The trial continues.

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