Po­lice of­fi­cer on ‘sex­ting’ charge

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

APOLICE of­fi­cer has ap­peared in court ac­cused of send­ing ‘sex­ual text mes­sages’.

Ih­san Ali, from Bacup, pleaded not guilty at Pre­ston Crown Court to the charge of mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice be­tween May 2016 and April 2017.

The court heard that 40-year-old Mr Ali while act­ing as a po­lice con­sta­ble, ‘wil­fully and with­out rea­son­able ex­cuse or jus­ti­fi­ca­tion mis­con­ducted him­self in ways which amounted to an abuse of the pub­lic’s trust’.

The hear­ing was also told that he is ac­cused of en­gag­ing with sev­eral woman he was as­signed to as part of his polic­ing du­ties and used a po­li­ceis­sued mo­bile phone to be­friend woman and per­sonal mo­bile phone to send sex­ual text mes­sages.

Mr Ali, Cot­man Close, Bacup, is also ac­cused of go­ing to the home of a crime vic­tim, not in con­nec­tion with the case, and kiss­ing her and squeez­ing her but­tocks.

He is also ac­cused of at­tend­ing at the home of a vul­ner­a­ble wit­ness, not in con­nec­tion with her case, and abus­ing his po­si­tion as a po­lice con­sta­ble ‘con­trary to com­mon law’.

Ap­pear­ing in the wit­ness box wear­ing a dark suit and yel­low tie, Mr Ali de­nied the charges.

An eight-day trial hear­ing has been listed to start at Pre­ston Crown Court on Jan­uary 29 last year.

Mr Ali, who has been sus­pended from Lan­cashire Po­lice, was granted con­di­tional bail.

Judge Brown told him: “You have pleaded not guilty and your trial will take place be­fore me on Jan­uary 29. In the mean­time I grant you bail on the same con­di­tions as be­fore. You must com­ply with that con­di­tion and at­tend on Jan­uary 29.”

In a state­ment, Lan­cashire Po­lice said Mr Ali, a serv­ing of­fi­cer in Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary’s East Divi­sion, was ar­rested in April fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary’s Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Depart­ment and is ‘cur­rently sus­pended’.

●● Ih­san Ali, 40, from Bacup, pleaded not guilty to mis­con­duct in pub­lic of­fice

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