A judge has questioned how a paedophile police officer was allowed to keep his job and carry on abusing a girl despite being caught taking photographs of children eight years earlier.
Disgraced Cambridgeshire Police sergeant Nick Lidstone, 55, admitted a series of rapes and child sex attacks relating to one victim at Norwich Crown Court last month.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reported her years of abuse - which culminated in being raped as an adult - earlier this year.
On Monday it emerged Lidstone was arrested eight years ago for taking "up-skirt" pictures of children with a spy camera in a branch of Tesco in Royston, Hertfordshire.
He was given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a minor public order offence at North and East Hertfordshire Magistrates' Court in 2005. Because he was not charged with a sexual offence, his name was not placed on the sex offenders' register.