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Officer ‘wanked on train and stayed in job’

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A serving Metropolitan Police officer was convicted for outraging public decency after he openly masturbated on a train in full view of horrified onlookers. He was allowed to stay in his position and handed a written warning. MPs have announced they are reviewing his case.

Sophie Linden, deputy mayor of London, announced that this case is 1 of 1,100 amassed over the last 10 years undergoing review by the Met to ensure they have been handled adequately. The force is reviewing cases where officers have been accused of sexual offences or domestic violence yet not dismissed.

This decision has been made as a result of former Met Police officer David Carrick was revealed to be one of the UK’s most prolific sex offenders. Committee chairwoman Dame Diana Johnson said: “He was actually convicted but he wasn’t dismissed from the Metropolitan Police, he’s still serving as I understand it, that officer is still in post, although he’s not in a position where he’s front-facing with the public.”

Ms Linden replied: “It is unacceptable and the current leadership of the Metropolitan Police have made it really clear that that’s unacceptable. That decision was made in the previous regime and its current leadership have made it very clear that that is a decision that would not have been taken under the present leadership at the Metropolitan Police.”

There is the view that indecent exposure, once viewed as a ‘minor crime’, is a gateway to more serious criminality. There is the example of Wayne Couzens who went on to commit sexually motivated murder after being accused of several counts of indecent exposure, yet remained as an officer of the force.

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