A senior British policeman has said that many of the people viewing indecent images of children should not go to court.

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A senior British policeman has said that many of the people viewing indecent images of children should not go to court.

MOSCOW, December 5 (Sputnik) – A senior British police officer has said that as many as half of people who watch child pornography need medical help rather than a criminal investigation because they don’t present a risk to children.

“Between 16% and 50% of those people who have viewed indecent images of children are then likely to be ‘contact abusers’ [of children],” Simon Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk police and child protection and abuse lead for the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (Acpo), told the Guardian in an interview. However, so called “non-contact abusers,” the policeman told the paper, do not “need to come into the criminal justice system in terms of being put forward before a court.”

Instead, the policeman believes that many of those viewing child sex images should receive treatment: “We have to think about an alternative solution. [We] need to engage with service providers from mental health and…

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