A Saskatchewan RCMP officer has been sentenced to one year in jail after he was found guilty of possessing and accessing child pornography.

Aiden Arthur Pratchett was convicted of the charges in February and was sentenced in provincial court in Saskatoon on Friday afternoon. The mandatory minimum sentence was six months, but defence attorney Mark Brayford said the judge was balanced in his decision. 

"In the circumstances, I thought that the sentence was right where it should be," Brayford said outside the courthouse after the sentencing.

Pratchett worked as a constable posted to the Fond du Lac, Sask., detachment. He was with the RCMP for four years when he was charged in December 2014. 

Three months prior to his arrest, investigators travelled to Fond du Lac and seized numerous computer devices from Pratchett's home. He was later arrested by members of the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

Pratchett pleaded not guilty to the charges.  

Investigators were unable to access the files on some of the password-locked devices. After his conviction, Pratchett offered to help officers access the locked hard drives. 

Michael Segu

Crown prosecutor Michael Segu speaks to reporters outside provincial court in Saskatoon. (CBC)

Crown prosecutor Michael Segu said this was reflective of Pratchett's actions throughout the process. 

"I would characterize Mr.Pratchett's actions throughout the investigation, the trial and the sentencing as self-serving," Segu said outside of provincial court.  

Segu said there was a second layer of implication to Pratchett's actions because it was "a complete betrayal of the public trust" and it was demoralizing to his colleagues to "be essentially hit from the inside."

Pratchett was sentenced to one year incarceration and three years probation during which time he can only access computers for educational purposes. 

An internal investigation under the RCMP Act also took place, outside of the Criminal Code investigations.