Thames Valley missed five chances to confront PC who had sex with girl, 13

Thames Valley missed five chances to confront PC who had sex with girl, 13
Thames Valley missed five chances to confront PC who had sex with girl, 13

A serving officer who recorded himself having sex with a 13-year-old lady beforehand known as the police to see if he had been reported for sexual assault, it has emerged.

Thames (*13*) Police missed at the least five alternatives to confront former PC Luke Horner over his behaviour earlier than he abused the sufferer on Jun 11 this yr, an inspection discovered.

The drive was made conscious virtually 18 months earlier that Horner, who joined the drive in October 2020, had allegedly repeatedly requested a 15-year-old lady “to ship bare footage of herself”.

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Hearth & Rescue Companies (HMICFRS) was commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames (*13*) to think about if there had been misplaced alternatives in how the drive dealt with data relating to Horner.

Horner, who resigned as an officer on Jul 26, was convicted after being discovered responsible of abusing the 13 year-old whereas off responsibility in Rushden, in Northamptonshire.

A court docket was instructed the 24 year-old recorded the act on his sufferer’s telephone. He was jailed earlier this month for six years and 4 months.

HMICFRS concluded that Thames (*13*) Police couldn’t have fairly anticipated Horner would commit sexual offences towards a baby regardless of quite a lot of regarding incidents.

Five alternatives

The inspectorate discovered that the drive misplaced at the least five alternatives to take extra strict motion towards him each on the preliminary vetting stage and through his police service, which may have led to him being refused preliminary vetting clearance or dismissed.

The primary occurred in the course of the preliminary vetting course of when the drive failed to make additional inquiries into a possible sexual assault allegation in 2016.

The report additionally discovered that officers ought to have questioned why Horner left a earlier position within the British Military early.

The third missed alternative occurred after Horner misplaced a bag containing proof and lied about it, a difficulty which ought to have been classed as gross misconduct.

The fourth incident took place after the drive’s counter-corruption unit obtained nameless intelligence from Crimestoppers, which steered that Horner had been chatting on-line to a 15-year-old lady and had “repeatedly” requested her to ship him bare footage of herself.

‘Repeated and exhaustive makes an attempt’

The counter-corruption unit made one try to contact the nameless tipper however the inspectorate discovered the unit ought to have made “repeated and exhaustive makes an attempt”.

The fifth and remaining missed alternative noticed Horner level his taser at a colleague and activate the pink dot laser.

He was nonetheless the topic of a dwell written warning for the mishandling of proof and the report discovered the skilled requirements division ought to have “with out hesitation” assessed the behaviour as gross misconduct.

Roy Wilsher, His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, stated: “Having strong vetting processes is significant for forces in having the ability to determine any misconduct, dismiss officers and employees if they don’t seem to be match for the job and stop unsuitable officers becoming a member of within the first place.

“It is rather clear, significantly when thought of alongside different incidents which happened throughout his police service, Laptop Horner was not suited to being a police officer.”

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