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Thames Valley Police was told officer ‘asked girl to send naked pictures’ before committing child sex offence | UK News

Thames Valley Police was told officer ‘asked girl to send naked pictures’ before committing child sex offence | UK News

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Police officer told ‘repeatedly asked 15-year-old girl to send nude photos of herself’ before he committed child sex offence, new inspection reveals .

The incident was reported as one of at least five opportunities Thames Valley Police lost to take tougher action against former PC Luke Horner before he engaged in penetrative sexual activity with a child aged 13 on June 11 of this year.

The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to examine whether there had been any lost opportunities in the way the force processed intelligence and information relating to Horner during his service.

HMICFRS concluded that Thames Valley Police could not have reasonably anticipated that Horner would commit sexual offenses against a child.

But the inspection found that law enforcement had missed at least five opportunities to take stricter action against him, both during the initial vetting phase and during his service in the police, which would have could have led to him being refused an initial verification authorization or to being dismissed.

Horner, who resigned as an officer on July 26, traveled to Rushden in Northamptonshire while off duty to commit the offence, which he also committed. recorded on his victim’s phonethe court heard.

He was jailed earlier this month for six years and four months.

The force should have carried out further investigations at the initial vetting stage into two separate matters: a potential allegation of sexual assault in 2016 and his early departure from the British Army, HMICFRS found.

During his service with the police, police failed to identify that questions arose about his honesty and integrity after several incidents – and taken together, these incidents “clearly indicated that Horner was not fit to become a police officer.

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Anonymous Tip for Crime Stoppers

During Horner’s tenure, the police anti-corruption unit received anonymous tips from Crimestoppers suggesting he had chatted online with a 15-year-old girl and “repeatedly” asked her about him send naked photos of herself.

The anti-corruption unit once attempted to contact the person who gave the information to Crimestoppers, but the inspectorate said the unit should have made “repeated and exhaustive attempts” to contact them in the period of 14 days during which the communication channel remained open.

Supervisors also identified that Horner “did not always handle evidence correctly” – in one incident, officers found cannabis in Horner’s work tray and in another, he took various pieces of evidence home in his bag, which he later declared stolen.

In another incident, he pointed his Taser at a colleague and activated the red dot laser – at the time he was the subject of a live written warning for mishandling evidence, inspection therefore believes that the professional standards department should have done so “without hesitation”. assessed the behavior as serious misconduct, which could have led to a serious misconduct hearing, with a potential outcome of dismissal.

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