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Firefighter suspended, docked a month's pay for nabbing pedophile

While fighting a school teacher's home, the firefighter became suspicious and collected evidence, for which he's been disciplined

By Lorna Hughes
The Liverpool Echo

MERSEYSIDE, England — A Merseyside firefighter was disciplined after helping police catch a teacher who later admitted a string of child porn offences.

Roy Stewart was investigated by bosses at Merseyside Fire Service for taking a disc from the Wallasey home of Rob Hughes.

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Angela Cobb Angela Cobb Monday, December 10, 2012 4:15:58 PM If I had any extra money, I would be sending a donation to Mr. Stewart because of his lost wages for doing the right thing!
Laina Ramey Laina Ramey Monday, December 10, 2012 5:03:59 PM Yea the right thing very seldom get done
Alan Brooks Alan Brooks Monday, December 10, 2012 5:15:57 PM I'd say its well worth a months pay.
Karl Wescott Karl Wescott Monday, December 10, 2012 5:19:13 PM A tough tough situation. FF Stewart did almost exactly the wrong thing... for the best of reasons. Removing evidence without proper authority or chain of custody? without a warrent? In the US this could easily have led to the evidence being excluded and the pedophile could have gotten off scott free. A better course of action (within department guidelines of course) would have been to protect the disc in place, work up the chain of command and get law inforcement involved. Unless necessary to physically preserve evidence that might be used in court, especially criminal court, a firefighter who does not have specific investigative training and authority should never move, or even touch it.
Wm Boyd Howell Wm Boyd Howell Monday, December 10, 2012 6:33:25 PM Fuckin' English gits!!! Way to go Firefighter Stewart, you definitely did the right and the honorable thing that NEEDED to be done. Yes in the US that evidence that have been "Fruit of the poisonous tree" and could have hinder further prosecution, but you're in England and not the US and obviously he was found guilty. Either way you did the right thing and if there's a fund to donate to I'll gladly donate!! And all this right at Christmas time, fucking English gits!
Mindy Hemingway Mindy Hemingway Monday, December 10, 2012 6:46:58 PM I would have given him a raise!
Shaun Scheurer Shaun Scheurer Monday, December 10, 2012 8:00:57 PM Stewart can walk with his head held high, like many of us I would take a months rip in a heart beat if I knew it meant catching a creep like this. Stewarts coworkers should have a collection going to off set the cost of lost wages.
Francesca Markus Francesca Markus Monday, December 10, 2012 9:55:26 PM The old adage, "no good deed goes unpunished," applies here. Shame on those that disciplined Mr. Stewart. In doing so, they are creating a culture that does not report pedophiles.
Doug Anderson Doug Anderson Monday, December 10, 2012 10:15:10 PM This is what is wrong with society, when we make laws to protect the bad guy and punish the good guy and call it fair justice.....Thanks for taking the high road Mr Stewart..
Jim Howard Jim Howard Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:19:35 AM Report it to the Police, go in front of judge with them, for the search warrant, recover that evidence and maybe more. Then you don't have to worry about the mope getting off on appeals, or some other crimes going unsolved.
David Mason David Mason Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:56:32 AM To be fair, the article doesn't say why the firefighter became suspicious, or why he took that particular disk. That being said, it may have been better to just report his suspicions to the police, unless there was a real risk of the evidence being destroyed. In which case it would have been better to have the suspect step outside and wait for the police to arrive. Again, lack of details makes it hard to say really.
Andrew Ramaeker Andrew Ramaeker Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:51:19 PM Not true. Firefighters are not cops and are not expected to know about search and seizure. By law, they are civillians and are not expected to know better. The taking of this evidence would be admissable, especially since he did it on his own free will. And since the disc was out in the open it falls under the plain view doctrine. The same as if a house catches fire and under emergent circumstances entry is made. While extinguishing the fire, drugs or other dangerous items are found. It's all admissable.
Matthew Quinn Matthew Quinn Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:48:58 AM So then you would charge him with theft and possesion of child pornography then right? Because civiliians are not allowed to take others belongs, even if they broke the law. The only reason he is being praised and not condemned is because his hunch was right.

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