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Ex-detective used job as 'recruitment centre' for his own sexual gratification

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A total of 21 women came forward to make allegations about his conduct.

Ex-detective used job as 'recruitment centre' for his own sexual gratification

 

Date - 1st November 2018
By - Press Association
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A senior detective who worked in professional standards thought he could get away with coercing female colleagues into having sex because his role protected him from scrutiny, a disciplinary hearing has ruled.

Ex-detective inspector Simon Hurwood was found guilty of eight counts of gross misconduct and more of misconduct after a panel heard he abused his position over junior colleagues.

During 14 years with Cleveland Police, he groomed women, bombarding them with texts, knocking their confidence to build it up, then turning the conversation to sex and demanding naked pictures and videos.

A total of 21 women came forward to make allegations about his conduct.

He coerced one junior colleague to perform a sex act on him in police cars and in a police office.

Another witness said he persuaded her to have sex with him at a police station and afterwards "looked all pleased with himself" as he did up his zip.

He was obsessed with the colour of his colleagues' underwear, the hearing which began on Monday was told.

Mr Hurwood, who joined the force in 1991, was not present at the hearing and not represented.

He resigned from Cleveland Police in September.

As a result of the disciplinary hearing he will be barred from rejoining any force.

Panel chairman Simon Mallett, reading out the judgment in a suite at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, said: "He knew as a senior officer he could exploit younger females for sexual purposes."

He used his job as a "recruitment centre for his own sexual gratification" and his behaviour harmed his victims to the point where one needed anti-depressants.

Mr Hurwood laughed off some of the criticism when he was challenged about it, Mr Mallett said.

Mr Mallett said: "His conduct was out of control and unchecked.

"He considered his role and his contacts in the force protected him from the consequences of his actions."

John Beggs QC, for the chief constable, said: "Hurwood well understood that his conduct was inappropriate because he told a number of targets to delete messages.

"He invited them to use WhatsApp, he invited them not to use their job phones."

Speaking of the harm caused, Mr Beggs said: "A significant number of victims described feelings of shame, disgust and humiliation.

"The harm caused is not confined to the victims in this case, his behaviour is likely to undermine public trust and confidence."

In a statement outside the hearing, Cleveland Police Chief Constable Mike Veale said there was no place in the organisation for officers like Mr Hurwood.

He said: "For more than a decade he acted shamefully and was confronted thanks to a brave individual coming forward and blowing the whistle on him.

"They had the trust and confidence in our Counter Corruption Unit, they believed the team would take their claims seriously, they would be listened to and we would act upon the information they gave us. We did not let them down."

He added: "I will not let a handful of officers and staff bring shame to those hundreds who serve with distinction, honour and a determination to protect our communities with integrity and dedication."

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It would seem that there was no suggestion that the sexual acts were not consensual.

For all intents and purposes, he was a ‘love rat’. But every single one of his ‘victims’ consented.

The issue for me is not the ‘impact’ on his ‘victims’, especially the ones whom admitted to doing such things whilst on duty. Rather, he acted in an inappropriate way because of his rank, which was compounded by the fact that he was also PSD.

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