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Former High Wycombe policeman who engaged in sexual activity with another man in a car park near Hughenden Manor sentenced to 6 months imprisonment

| May 14, 2019

A former Thames Valley Policeman has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for engaging in consensual sexual activity with another man in a car park near Hughenden Manor.

On Thursday 8th November 2018, while on duty in High Wycombe, the 36 year old policeman arranged to meet a 17 year old male member of the public. The officer invited the male out with him in a police vehicle and engaged in consensual sexual activity with him in a car park near Hughenden Manor.

On Wednesday 28th November 2019, the policeman was arrested and later charged with misconduct in a public office via postal requisition on Friday 15th February 2019.

During the investigation officers located a video, taken on Wednesday 12th September 2018 at around 10.00pm, on the former policeman’s mobile phone in which he was seen touching himself inappropriately in a McDonalds restaurant.

On Monday 1st April 2019, at Reading Crown Court, the 36 year old former policeman who was based at High Wycombe police station pleaded guilty to one count of being the holder of a public office who wilfully neglected to perform duty/wilfully misconducted himself.

At a court hearing held on Monday 13th May 2019 an act of outraging public decency was added to the indictment and he entered a guilty plea to the offence at Reading Crown Court. He was sentenced to one month imprisonment, which will run concurrently alongside the sentence of six months imprisonment.

The 36 year old resigned his position with Thames Valley Police and left the force on Thursday 31st January 2019. A gross misconduct hearing held on Tuesday 30th April 2019 concluded he would have been dismissed had he still been a serving officer.

Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg, said: ‘This kind of behaviour lets down everyone who serves for Thames Valley Police. We will never tolerate such behaviour from our officers and it is absolutely not acceptable within our force.

We will always investigate those who offend or whose behaviour falls below the standards expected. In this case it has resulted in [the former policeman] being convicted of a serious criminal offence and he will have time to reflect upon his actions in prison.

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