Police officers face court

TWO police officers involved in the Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells murder inquiry have appeared in a Suffolk court to face child pornography charges.Detective Constable Brian Stevens, 41, and Pc Antony Goodridge, 34, were committed for trial at crown court during the hearing at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court.

TWO police officers involved in the Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells murder inquiry have appeared in a Suffolk court to face child pornography charges.

Detective Constable Brian Stevens, 41, and Pc Antony Goodridge, 34, were committed for trial at crown court during the hearing at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court.

Stevens faces three charges of indecent assault on two females under 16 between January and August, 2001 and October, 1998 and October, 2001.

He also faces five allegations of possessing an indecent photograph of a child between January and September 2002, and two charges of distributing an indecent photograph of a child during the same dates.

A charge of inciting the distribution of indecent photographs of children was discontinued by the court.

Stevens was a family liaison officer appointed to Jessica Chapman's family during the investigation into the disappearance and murder of the 10-year-old friends from Soham, Cambs.

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Goodridge faces 14 charges of possession of an indecent photo of a child between September and November last year.

He is also charged with possession of an indecent photograph of a child with a view to it being distributed between June and September last year, and an alternative new charge of distribution of an indecent photo of a child between the same dates.

A charge of inciting the distribution of indecent photographs of children was discontinued by the court.

Goodridge was an exhibits officer during the investigation.

The court extended conditional bail for both men. They were committed for trial at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court, where a plea and directions hearing will be heard on January 31.

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