Sussex Police is considering returning photographs of children to a paedophile.
The convicted offender has asked police to hand back a memory card containing pictures he had taken of youngsters in a public place.
Officers from the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) have now contacted the Force’s solicitor to ask whether to agree to giving him the pictures back.
Charities warned even though the pictures were not “indecent” they should not be returned.
The news emerged in a series of tweets from Detective Constable Kenny Stark who is based at Sussex House in Hollingbury, Brighton.
He wrote: “Dilemma in the POLIT office today, male convicted of possession of indecent images of children wants memory card (from his camera) back.
“Memory card contains photos of children (not his own) and the photos are not indecent. The law books are being consulted.
“The card contains (non- indecent) photos that he has taken of children, in public areas.
“The memory card was seized as potential evidence but no indecent images of children were found on it.
“They are legal images even though they are not of his own children. It’s a legal v [sic] moral dilemma.”
Yesterday Sussex Police refused to reveal the man’s identity.
by Anna Roberts