Devon and Cornwall Police officer, PC Chris Wilson, received a 10-month jail sentence on Friday at Exeter Crown Court following a guilty plea to the offence of misconduct in public office (which seems to have involved a sex act in a disabled toilet with a domestic violence crime victim in Launceston Police Station). He will serve five months in prison with a further five months on licence.
Following the sentencing, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Steve Parker said:
“A police officer has a privileged role in being responsible for the safeguarding of vulnerable people. The actions of PC Wilson were wholly inappropriate and illegal – he will now face the consequences of that.
“All police officers are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics and ensure the highest standards of ethical behaviour, this has evidently not been the case on this occasion.
“I have no doubt this instance will have a significant impact on the lives and families of both PC Wilson and the complainant in this case.”
T/ACC Parker added: “I would reassure our communities that the vast majority of police officers will always do their utmost to protect the communities they serve.
“We must treat the most vulnerable in our communities with compassion and care, but that must be within the boundaries of ethical behaviour.
“Devon & Cornwall Police will continue to learn from instances like this and will always take the appropriate action when standards fall below that expected of all of our officers and staff.”