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Female police officer quits after having sex with abuse victim on duty

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A female police officer has quit the force after admitting she had ‘sexual contact’ with a vulnerable man while she was on duty.

PC Andrea Griffiths, 44, resigned ahead of a misconduct hearing about her inappropriate relationship with an alleged victim of historic sex abuse on June 29 2015.

The North Wales officer was set to be sacked over the relationship but legal representatives told the disciplinary hearing she had chosen to step down to avoid ‘further embarrassment’.

A statement read to the panel said she accepted she had improper contact with the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and ‘deeply regretted’ her actions.

Her statement said: ‘I accept gross misconduct and deeply regret that it happened.

‘To avoid further embarrassment to everyone I have resigned forthwith from North Wales Police.’

The hearing was told PC Griffiths had ‘fallen below professional standards of integrity, authority and courtesy’ and shown ‘discreditable conduct’.

Presenting counsel for North Wales Police, Amy Clarke said the force accepted her resignation with immediate effect and accepted the admission on a ‘limited basis’.

Griffiths was accused of having sex with the man both on and off-duty.

The panel heard their personal relationship began when the police officer was tasked with being his liaison officer in 2015.

Griffiths had been a serving police officer since June 2001 and was managing the man because of his involvement with the force as an alleged victim of historic sexual offences.

The hearing heard she was in a ‘position of trust’ and she had ‘particular knowledge of the vulnerabilities of the complainant’, North Wales Live reports.

Chair of the meeting Susan Davies said both parties consented to sexual contact.

However she said in choosing not to distance herself from the man, Griffiths ‘breached standards of honesty and integrity’.

Following the hearing, Deputy Chief Constable Richard Debicki of North Wales Police said: ‘Firstly, I would like to apologise to the victim in this matter who was badly let down by the person who was entrusted to support him.

‘Society puts great faith in police officers to work with members of the public, often when they are at their most vulnerable.

‘The majority of our officers do a fantastic job of supporting those in need of help and in doing so always strive to retain the trust and confidence of the public.

‘Unfortunately, in this rare case, the action of a former police constable breached this trust and fell far below the highest levels of professional behaviour we and the public rightly expect from our police officers.

‘It is unacceptable to the force that an officer should act in a way that undermines the excellent work of the vast majority of our staff who serve our communities with integrity.’

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