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8 Met officers who betrayed the public due to sexual obsessions

The overwhelming majority of police officers and staff protect the public and fulfil their duty of making the streets a safer place for all.

However, there are a rare few who end up in court and sometimes behind bars after breaking the law to satisfy their sexual desires.

It includes a former officer who was found in possession of hundreds of sexually explicit images of children, but callously tried to pin the blame on his wife and children.

READ MORE:160 Metropolitan Police officers accused of sexual misconduct in just 2 years

My London has taken a look back at recent cases where London-based police officers have found themselves in court after betraying the trust of the public.

Though their offences varied in nature, each displayed a betrayal of the trust placed in them by the public and by their own colleagues.

Mark Collins

Former Detective Constable Mark Collins was part of the Met’s South Area Command Unit in South London

A serving Metropolitan Police officer was caught sending naked pictures and grooming a ’13-year-old girl’ in an undercover sting by colleagues.

Former Detective Constable Mark Collins, who was part of the Met’s South Area Command Unit in South London, was on duty when some of the offences took place.

Between November 4 and November 27, 2019, he exchanged “highly sexualised” messages and pictures with a girl he believed to be just 13 on an online messaging app.

However, the account he was messaging was actually that of an undercover police officer using a decoy name.

Collins was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

Wayne Couzens

8 Met officers who betrayed the public due to sexual obsessions
Wayne Couzens admitted the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard

Forer diplomatic protection officer Wayne Couzens is facing a lengthy prison sentence for the kidnap, rape and subsequent murder of Sarah Everard.

Couzens, 48, confessed to the high-profile killing at the Old Bailey on July 9.

Couzens initially claimed he had financial difficulties and he and his family were being threatened by a gang of Eastern Europeans.

He said that he had underpaid a prostitute – even going into elaborate detail about the hotels where they usually met – and that the gang with links to this prostitute told him that, as a consequence, he had to deliver them “another girl”.

However, a mountain of evidence was quickly produced by police to prove his story was nothing but a bag of shameless lies.

He will be sentenced on September 29.

Neil Corbel

Neil Corbel, 40, faces a possible prison sentence
Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, pleaded guilty to voyeurism offences

A serving Metropolitan Police officer used hidden cameras to secretly film naked models after arranging fake photo shoots.

Detective inspector Neil Corbel, 40, used tissue boxes, phone chargers, an air freshener and glasses to covertly record unsuspecting victims.
He booked models on internet sites, giving false details that included claiming to be a pilot, before planting the cameras in hotel rooms, flats and Airbnbs.

Corbel, a former counter-terrorism officer who is currently suspended from the force, pleaded guilty to 19 voyeurism offences at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday (September 13).

Corbel, of Hertfordshire, will appear at the same court on October 4 to be sentenced.

Paul Allgood

A serving Met Police officer who possessed hundreds of sexually explicit images of children tried to pin the blame on his wife and kids.

DC Paul Allgood, 60, also recorded videos attempting to upskirt an unknowing schoolgirl on a bus and multiple women he was sat opposite on the Tube.

Colleagues from the Online Child Abuse and Exploitation Unit executed a search warrant at Allgood’s house on June 4, 2019.

A number of devices were seized and, following analysis, hundreds of indecent images of children were found.

They found hundreds of indecent images of children aged just eight or nine, while the files also included some images of babies being abused.

In a police interview, he “decided to blame other members of his family”.

The officer, from Enfield, was handed a 22-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

8 Met officers who betrayed the public due to sexual obsessions

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Marc Tuffrey

A misconduct hearing heard Detective Sergeant Marc Tuffrey sexually harassed a new colleague, sending her “unwanted, uninvited and targeted” messages that used terms like ‘sugartits’ ‘chocolate buttons’ ‘little love kitten’ and ‘peachy butt’.

Tuffrey also made verbal comments about the woman’s hair and physical appearance which were “totally inappropriate”.

The panel said: “Our finding is that his motives were intentional and deliberate with an underlying sexual motive towards the officer and quite deliberate conduct that he knew would be seen as racist and discriminatory.

Tuffrey resigned from the force ahead of the disciplinary hearing being held. Had Tuffrey not resigned, he would have been dismissed without notice, the panel determined.

Benjamin McNish

8 Met officers who betrayed the public due to sexual obsessions
Benjamin McNish

A married police sergeant who used his iPhone to spy on a woman in the shower has been spared jail.

The victim, who cannot be identified, said she felt “confused and shocked” after catching the Metropolitan Police officer trying to take pictures of her naked on the morning of February 18, 2019.

McNish, a detective sergeant, claimed he had been using the device as an “extension of my eyes” to find his razor after forgetting to shave ahead of a work drinks function.

He was handed a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Southwark Crown Court and will be on the sex offenders register for seven years, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Andrew Brooks

Police Constable Andrew Brooks engaged in sexual activity with a missing vulnerable girl aged just 17 while police were out looking for her.

PC Brooks left the Met on June 17, 2019, but a misconduct panel was held in February to investigate the incident which occurred in July 2018.

Brooks met the girl in his local Maidstone town centre and invited her back to his home where they engaged in sexual activity. Later on the same day she revealed she was 17 years old.

In the days after this meeting former PC Brooks and the girl continued to exchange messages and it became apparent she was a missing person, which made her vulnerable.

Brooks continued to pursue a relationship after this point and tried to put pressure on her to conceal his identity.

The breaches were proven at the level of gross misconduct. The panel concluded that, had PC Brooks still been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed.

Kevin Mohess

An officer who was called to the home of a vulnerable woman about her nude and intimate pictures being leaked online contacted her days later to ask her to send him more.

PC Kevin Mohess was called to the woman’s home in October 2018 as she filed a police report about her nudes being leaked online.

Between November 15 and December he then contacted her via social media suggesting they meet for a drink and then asked her to send him nude and intimate photos of herself.

He also used confidential information from the police to encourage her to send him the photos.

All allegations against the North East Command police officer were proven and he was dismissed without notice.


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