PC sacked for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing teen at club

Of­fi­cer re­ceived cau­tion af­ter grab­bing woman’s breasts

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Mixed Fortunes For Luxury Hotel - By Ai­dan Barlow

A po­lice­man has been dis­missed with­out no­tice af­ter grop­ing a teenager’s breasts while off duty in a night­club.

PC James Spencer, who lives in Ash­ford, was at the Cameo night­club in the town cen­tre in Fe­bru­ary ear­lier this year.

He ad­mit­ted that he had in­ap­pro­pri­ately touched the breasts of the 18-yearold woman, named only as Miss A, whom he did not know, be­fore she pushed him away.

The of­fi­cer, who served in Deal, re­ceived a po­lice cau­tion for the in­ci­dent, and his case was re­ferred to a mis­con­duct hear­ing at Kent Po­lice head­quar­ters at Sut­ton Road in Maid­stone.

The charge against him stated that his be­hav­iour fell far be­low that which is ex­pected of an of­fi­cer, bring­ing dis­credit upon the force and un­der­min­ing pub­lic con­fi­dence.

Speak­ing at the dis­ci­plinary panel on Fri­day, Det Insp Danny Rose said Spencer had been out so­cial­is­ing with friends at the club when he ap­proached the woman and her friends in the smok­ing area.

Det Insp Rose said: “The group were ap­proached by two un­known men who be­gan ask­ing, then pes­ter­ing, for a cig­a­rette. They col­lec­tively re­fused.

“PC Spencer snatched a packet from one of the group, who snatched it back.

“Then a friend of Spencer lifted up Spen- cer’s shirt and said ‘surely abs like that de­serve a cig­a­rette’.

“Miss A went back into the club and CCTV shows PC Spencer ap­proach­ing her ta­ble.

“He then put both his hands to­wards Miss A, grabbed both breasts and squeezed be­fore she pushed him away and re­mon­strated with him.”

The hear­ing was told that the im­pact of the in­ci­dent on Miss A “hit her like a ham­mer” and she felt her pri­vacy had been “in­vaded”.

Door staff said PC Spencer was a reg­u­lar at the club and ini­tially, when they ap­proached him, he de­nied what he had done.

He be­lieved he had been es­corted out of the night­club for be­ing too drunk.

Then, on March 29, fol­low­ing a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Spencer re­ceived a crim­i­nal cau­tion for sex­ual as­sault.

His Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Neil Men­nie, said that Spencer had ad­mit­ted the charge and said he was “em­bar­rassed and ashamed”.

Pic­ture: Matthew Walker

Kent Po­lice head­quar­ters in Sut­ton Road, Maid­stone

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