A former vicar has been sentenced for possessing indecent images.
Peter Low, 64, of Crescent Road, Heybridge, was arrested on July 28, 2016 in relation to images downloaded from the internet.
He was charged in January 2017 with three counts of possession of indecent images of children and one count of a prohibited image of a child.
He pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on March 29 and was sentenced to a three year community order with requirements to complete a sex offender treatment programme and attend rehabilitation activity days.
He was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years and must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.
He was also ordered to pay £670 court costs and his computer will be seized.
Investigating officer Pc Paul Dines said: “The offences came to light when police were called with reports of a burglary at Low’s address.
“Officers carried out detailed enquiries and it is believed all the images in his possession were downloaded from the internet, rather than taken by him.
“While no victims have been identified, behind every indecent image is a young victim.
“Essex Police is committed to protecting the most vulnerable people from serious harm and anyone who seeks out images of child abuse online will be held to account for their actions.
“Low occupied a position of public trust and we have worked closely with the Diocese of Chelmsford, Essex County Council and other organisations throughout the investigation and onwards to ensure appropriate safeguarding has been put in place.”