Rachel Beale, 53, was working as a crime manager in Wiltshire Police’s Sexual Offenders or Violent Offenders Unit (MOSOVO) when she began an inappropriate, intimate relationship with a man she was responsible for monitoring
A former police officer who worked with sex or violent offenders was jailed after beginning a relationship with a man she was supervising.
Rachel Beale, who worked for Wiltshire Police, had an affair with a convicted rapist which she was put in charge of managing. Wiltshire Live reports.
Beale admitted to having a close relationship with Marc Few, who was released from prison in February 2020.
Instead of managing him, she let him come to her home to drink and smoke cannabis, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Once her partner found her in her nightgown and lying on a naked few.
Police discovered that Beale had used her personal phone to send Few intimate messages.
One, broadcast on August 8, 2020, said: “I want you inside me when you come home! X” When asked about the messages, she described them as “banter.”
Martha Smith-Higgins, defending herself, said: “She accepts the consequences of her actions. She submitted her notice of termination to Wiltshire Police and that was accepted.”
Beale was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to misconduct in public office. Beale, 53, who lives in Oxfordshire, appeared at Bristol Crown Court today.
The judge told Beale: “Someone in a position of trust in the role that you have had is someone who falls on a tremendous responsibility. Those who abuse that trust and responsibility must understand that imprisonment is inevitable as a result of behaving as you did.”
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills welcomed the verdict, saying she “betrayed the trust of the public and the trust of her colleagues when she openly abused her position to commit this crime”.
Beale, 53, was working as a crime manager in Wiltshire Police’s Sexual or Violent Offenders Unit (MOSOVO) when she began an inappropriate, intimate relationship with a male member of the public she was responsible for monitoring, police said.
The fee relates to a period between February and September 2020.
She was arrested in September 2020 when the matter was brought to the attention of the police and immediately suspended from duty.
The case was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which independently investigated the allegations.
After her guilty plea last month, an internal gross misconduct hearing was held last week, at which it was decided she would have been dismissed from Wiltshire Police had she not resigned first.
She was also placed on the College of Policing’s ban register to ensure she cannot work for another police force, nor in an externally vetted risk role.
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said: “It goes without saying that we expect the highest standard of conduct from all our officers, staff and volunteers, which is even more important when a staff member is directly involved in the policing of criminals in our community.
“She was immediately suspended from duty when this matter was brought to our attention and after she pleaded guilty in court, we held an internal misconduct hearing which resulted in her being fired from the force. This misconduct protects the public by ensuring they are placed on the national ban list and cannot seek further work with other police forces.”
DCC Mills added: “I want our communities in Swindon and Wiltshire to have the utmost confidence in their police forces and while cases like this highlight the disappointing and unacceptable minority, I hope the public can see that we are committed , they root out kind of wrongdoing and taking the appropriate action.
“If any member of the public has any concerns about the professionalism of an official or staff member, we urge them to contact us confidentially so that we can address the concerns raised.”
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