A former Gloucestershire police officer has admitted making indecent images of children.
Stephen McGoldrick, who's 50, appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court today, where he pleaded guilty to five counts of making indecent images of children.
All counts related to McGoldrick downloading or viewing images on the internet; he admitted to making thousands of indecent images.
The offences were all committed between 2008 and 2019 and came to light when indecent images were found on McGoldrick's mobile phone in April this year.
Gloucestershire Police subsequently secured warrants at two addresses linked to McGoldrick and seized multiple devices from them which included a laptop and USB flash drives.
There were found to be a total of five Category A images, 23 Category B images and 9,134 Category C indecent images of children across ten devices.
McGoldrick had been suspended from the police as soon as the allegations came to light.
He later resigned from the Force when he was charged with the offences last month (July).
He is due to face gross misconduct proceedings.
Following today's hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Hanson said: "These were very serious offences involving the abuse of innocent children who we should be seeking to protect.
"This abhorrent crime is completely unacceptable, and seems even worse when committed by a police officer who should hold a place of trust and respect in the community.
"There is certainly no place for individuals like this within Gloucestershire Constabulary."
McGoldrick has been bailed with conditions to attend Bristol Crown Court for sentence on 11 September.
Bail conditions include to not have contact with persons under the age of 18 and to reside at a specified address which is not in Gloucestershire.