Former West Yorkshire police detective’s child porn shame

Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Retired police officer Michael Vause at Huddersfield Mags Court.''Michael Vause a former West Yorkshire detective who continued to work for the force as a civilian investigator has pleaded guilty to a string of child pornography offences.''Michael Vause, who was working for West Yorkshire's professional standards department at the time of his arrest, admitted 11 counts of making indecent images of children. He has since resigned his position with the force.
Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Retired police officer Michael Vause at Huddersfield Mags Court.''Michael Vause a former West Yorkshire detective who continued to work for the force as a civilian investigator has pleaded guilty to a string of child pornography offences.''Michael Vause, who was working for West Yorkshire's professional standards department at the time of his arrest, admitted 11 counts of making indecent images of children. He has since resigned his position with the force.
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A FORMER detective who made 563 indecent images of children has walked free from court.

Michael Vause, 59, was working for West Yorkshire Police Force’s professional standards department, based at police headquarters, on Laburnum Road, at the time of his arrest.

Vause admitted ten counts of making indecent images and was yesterday sentenced to a three-year community order with sex offender programme and supervision requirements.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for five years and must pay £85 costs.

District Judge Marie Mallon, passing sentence, said: “As a police officer and civilian worker in the police I really don’t need to tell you how serious these offences are.

“I do not accept there is such a thing as ‘kiddie porn’.

“These are images of children being sexually abused, because somewhere along the line a child has been abused.”

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard how Vause was so ashamed of what he’d done that he couldn’t bring himself to speak about it, so he wrote it down to show to police.

Roger Clapham, mitigating, said his client had referred himself to the mental health charity MIND prior to the court case.

Mr Clapham said: “He has done everything in this way to try and sort himself out and his life. He has suffered, as you can appreciate, because of this and the position he used to hold.”

Mr Clapham said Vause had had an “exemplary career” and was a “committed professional”.

He was previously commended for outstanding work across the Wakefield district as a detective based at Pontefract CID.

Vause, of Wentbridge, Pontefract, moved to the professional standards department before retiring but returned to the same department as a civilian investigator. He was suspended when the allegations came to light and later resigned.

Police said in an earlier statement the offences were totally unconnected with his work.

After the case a police spokesman said: “We welcome today’s sentence and hope it sends a strong message that we will pursue and prosecute anyone involved in such crimes.”