Daily Express

Head of Met’s VIP sex ring probe faces gross misconduct charge

- By Paul Jeeves Crime Editor

THE police chief who oversaw Scotland Yard’s catastroph­ic VIP sex abuse investigat­ion is to face gross misconduct proceeding­s, plunging the biggest force into fresh crisis.

Steve Rodhouse, the Met’s former deputy assistant commission­er, will face a disciplina­ry board.


He is alleged to have lied in public at the conclusion of Operation Midland, the police watchdog says.

The bungled Met investigat­ion he headed as gold commander – Operation Midland – was launched in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal in 2014.

It led to fantasist Carl Beech – then known as “Nick” – to make fake claims of historical child abuse against high-profile individual­s that included ex-MPs Harvey Proctor and Lord Janner, former Home Secretary Lord Brittan and ex-PM Edward Heath.

A 16-month probe failed to find evidence to support the claims and an inquiry into the police investigat­ion afterwards concluded the people involved had been falsely accused, leaving them dealing with considerab­le damage to their reputation­s.

Extensive compensati­on was paid from the public purse.

Mr Proctor, welcomed the decision to charge Mr Rodhouse but demanded a wider investigat­ion by the Independen­t Office for Police Conduct into an alleged “corporate cover-up” at the Met. He said: “As cracks start to appear, it is now time to hold a full public inquiry.” Beech was later found guilty of perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to 18 years in prison in July 2019.

Mr Rodhouse is the first officer to face disciplina­ry proceeding­s over Midland. He was cleared of misconduct in 2017 but the police watchdog launched a new probe last year. Mr Rodhouse became head of operations and joint deputy head of the National Crime Agency – where he earns over £200,000 a year – after leaving the force.

The gross misconduct charge comes six months after he was served with a formal notice.


It alleged he used “inaccurate or dishonest” words in a press statement released by the Met in March 2016 in which he said “officers have not found evidence to prove that they were knowingly misled by a complainan­t”.

But in a confidenti­al Met report from the same year, later leaked, Mr Rodhouse wrote about the appalling criminal records of Beech and two other complainan­ts.

 ?? ?? Proceeding­s... Steve Rodhouse as a Met officer
Proceeding­s... Steve Rodhouse as a Met officer

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