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Downfall of 57-year-old PC that began when he investigated reports of a 'man acting suspiciously in an alleyway'.

Ex-PC Pail Davies: Nine month prison term

Ex-PC Pail Davies: Nine month prison term

Date - 9th March 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle

 

An officer with special responsibility for schools and colleges in a job that included warning students and pupils of the dangers of sexting has been jailed for nine months after he kept indecent images sent to him by a teenager he befriended.

Former PC Paul Davies met the 17-year-old  on duty while part of a safeguarding team investigating reports of a male acting suspiciously in an alleyway in February last year.

He took down her details which included the date of birth and so he knew her age, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

The 57-year-old – an officer of nearly 30 years’ service with scholastic work duties in the Dudley area of the West Midlands – encouraged her to follow him on his police Twitter account, invited her to a meeting warning of the dangers of smoking and gave her his personal phone number.

While in the role of a young persons’ officer he asked the teenager to send him sexual images of herself on social media. He, in return, offered to send videos of himself.

They exchanged images regularly on WhatsApp and Snapchat including the sending of naked selfie photos before eventually the contact petered out.

The girl was later reported missing and after her return gave officers full details of her contact with the father of two.

Outlining the facts of the case at an earlier hearing, prosecutor Alisha Bartimus said: "The defendant had initially screen-shotted these items but has since made a copy. This is not akin to downloading images.

"He was a serving police officer so there is a breach of trust there."

PC Davies, from Dudley, left the force last June, having been arrested the previous month.

The former officer has previously admitted one charge relating to five images he had received on WhatsApp or Snapchat from the victim.

He was granted conditional bail last month until his sentencing hearing yesterday at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Detective Constable Leanne Tully, from the public protection unit at West Midlands Police, said: "Davies was a young persons' officer during his time with the force which makes this all the more deplorable.

"There is no place in society for this kind of behaviour and he must now serve time behind bars."

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What, another one. What a plank

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On 09/03/2019 at 13:28, Cathedral Bobby said:

What, another one. What a plank

Agreed what a plank😞

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Complete abuse of trust and, may I say, deserving of a greater sentence. Sadly he has probably retained his Pension rights.😡

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