A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been sacked for having sexual activity with a runaway child. A disciplinary panel found the officer – who has not been named by the Met Police and only referred to as ‘Officer A’ – from the East Area Command Unit guilty of gross misconduct.
The allegation of serious sexual assault was made against Officer A in 2019. Following an investigation they were suspended, and later arrested. However the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) felt there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Officer A. The decision was challenged by way of the Victim’s Right of Review process, but was no successful.
The panel heard that in 2019 Officer A contacted the child on social media and asked to meet. He then sexually abused the underage child many times between August 16 and 27, 2019.
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On August 26, Officer A let the vulnerable child stay at their home without informing the police or social services. On August 27, Officer A asked Child A – as a ‘missing person’ – to go to Romford police station and then ask for them, but not mention their relationship. Officer A didn’t make any formal record that a ‘missing person’ had been found. Officer A then took the child to social services.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, of the East Area Command Unit, said: “This officer betrayed their role as a police officer and their oath to uphold the law by exploiting and abusing a child, who was below the age of consent. I want to make it clear there is absolutely no place for officers like this in the Met. We are determined to root out officers who are not fit to wear the uniform and serve the public.”
Officer A will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.
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