Mitigating, Nick Yeo said Cox had expressed “intense remorse”.
He added: “He is a man who finds it extremely difficult to articulate his motivation and one can quite understand that because the context is extremely unusual conduct.”Judge Mark Dennis QC sentenced Cox to 20 months in prison suspended for two years and 250 hours of unpaid work.
Sex addiction is described as any sexual activity over which a person has no control.
Chair of that hearing, Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, said: “He was in possession of a very large number of images of young children.He said Cox had pretended to be a teenage girl “for kicks”, adding it was “troubling” that he had yet to come to terms with what it was all about.Mr Yeo added: “It should be a matter of enduring shame on his part that he engaged in this offending with complete disregard for his oath and responsibility as a serving police officer.”Harry Gibbs, 32, of Stevenage, Herts, Andrew Monk, 39, of Kettering, Northants, and Ajai Shridhar, 46, of Ealing, west London, admitted attempting to possess indecent images of children and were each handed a 12-month community order.Those who are married or in a relationship will feel an immense sense of betrayal and shame when they discover that their partner has a sex addiction.One of the biggest side effects of a sex addiction is the risk of sexually transmitted disease. Sex addicts may suffer from depression or anxiety and could suffer at work due to lack of concentration and decreased productivity.