Former PC in child sex case faces 11 new charges

Date: Friday 24th February 2017

A FORMER Cumbria police officer awaiting sentence for child sex crimes has appeared in court charged with 11 new offences.

Nicholas David Pool (29) appeared at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on Thursday via video link from Durham prison, where he is held on remand. He previously lived at Newton Rigg, near Penrith, and worked as a police constable for Cumbria Constabulary.

Prosecutor Mr. John Moran said Pool is set to be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court for three child sex offences. Sentencing had been adjourned while these new matters were investigated.

Pool now also faces six charges of intentionally attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, which are alleged to have taken place on various dates between 14th September, 2013, and 9th December, 2016, and relate to girls aged 12, 13, 14 and 15.

He is charged with three offences of making indecent photos of a child between 9th November, 2015, and 13th December, 2016, which included four category A images, eight category B and 36 category C. Images are classified from A-C in relation to their severity with category A being the most serious.

He is also charged with possessing indecent photos of a 12-year-old girl at Newton Rigg on 13th December, 2016; and with publishing an obscene article between 16th May and 2nd June, 2016.

Pool was not asked to enter any pleas at the short hearing in which Mr. Moran asked that he continue to be remanded in custody and described him as a “clear risk to children”.

No objection was made by Mr. Ben Haigh, defending, and magistrates agreed to keep Pool in custody until his next appearance at Carlisle Crown Court on 8th March.

A statement was released by Cumbria Constabulary ahead of the court hearing this week in which it stated that the charges had been brought against Pool following a “proactive police investigation”.

Pool was dismissed without notice from Cumbria Constabulary at a misconduct special case hearing earlier this month.