Sussex: Police officer fired for sexual assault

A POLICE officer has been fired after sending an inappropriate photo of himself to a sexual assault victim.

Sergeant Rob Adams, 39, made sexual advances to the woman by sending her text messages and photos.

Sussex Police Officer Adams, who was based in Eastbourne and had progressed on duty in March 2014, was not reported by the woman until December 2020.

The identity of the disgraced officer was revealed after the case, after the misconduct panel overseeing the hearing said his anonymity should be lifted.

Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell, of the Professional Standards Department, said: “The victim in this case came forward to report a sexual assault and should have received a professional and compassionate response.

“Instead, she was met with seriously inappropriate and unprofessional comments.

“The decision to fire this officer is fully supported as there can be no place in the service for those who make sexual advances to a member of the public.

“Police officers must conduct themselves in a manner that does not discredit the police service or undermine public confidence, whether on duty or off duty.

“All employees are aware of appropriate professional boundaries and the serious consequences of abuse of position.”

Adams has been accused of violating standards of professional conduct related to authority, respect and courtesy, and discrediting conduct.

The panel found his conduct to be gross misconduct and he was summarily dismissed. Sussex: Police officer fired for sexual assault

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