The SUSSEX police have been criticized by their own police force and their detective inspector for a transgender offender.
Katy Bourne slammed the force after posting a tweet condemning comments about serial killer Sally Ann Dixon.
Dixon, 58, was found guilty of 30 counts of indecent assault or indecency against children dating back to the 1980s and 1990s. The youngest child was only seven.
Dixon, a trans woman, was living as a man at the time.
In response to criticism that they labeled Dixon as female, Sussex Police tweeted that they “do not tolerate hateful comments about her gender identity, regardless of crimes committed”.
The tweet has since been deleted after heavy criticism from the public on social media.
Ms Bourne said: “I am so disappointed that a successful prosecution by Sussex Police against a heinous child sex offender was completely overshadowed by the aftermath of an unnecessary and toneless tweet.
“It is particularly harrowing after hearing the harrowing testimonies of Dixon’s victims who had the courage to relive their horrifying experiences in court and after the investigating officer was commended by the judge.”
A statement from Ms Bourne’s office said she has since been in contact with Chief Constable Jo Shiner and Home Secretary Suella Braveman regarding the issue. Ms Braverman had also condemned Sussex Police.
Ms Bourne made it clear that the force “had lost some of the conspiracy by voicing opinions that appeared to ignore or demean the victims’ experiences in this case”.
Dixon was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
He is said to have abused a number of children in a lock-up garage and caravan on the south coast while living in Crawley and Bexhill.
The Home Secretary said the force was playing “identity politics and denying biology”.
Sussex Police later apologized, saying: “An earlier response to a comment on Twitter was not in accordance with our usual practice; We apologize and have removed the comment.
“We recognize the right of the public to express themselves freely within the limits of the law.”
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