‘Twisted’ PCSO who had ‘inappropriate’ sex with women he met at work pleads guilty Yorkshire News

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Simon Smith, 49, who resigned from Humberside Police last year, appeared at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday.

The force said an internal investigation was launched after reports that Smith had used his role as a PCSO for a decade to repeatedly contact and engage in relationships with women he encountered.

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This led to “inappropriate sexual relations with women”, whom he met through his PCSO, and sometimes took place while on duty.

Smith also attempted to cover up his actions by asking one of the women he was in contact with not to speak to police.

A criminal investigation was also launched and the force referred the case to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

The case was later referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, resulting in all four charges.

Smith is due to be sentenced next week and will then have a misconduct hearing that could put him on the Police College’s banned list, which would prevent him from working for any other police force in the country.

The head of professional standards, Detective Superintendent Matt Baldwin, described Smith’s action as “totally reprehensible” and added: “As a PCSO, Smith had a role in which he was trusted by the local community and he completely abused his position. for their own benefit and sexual gain.

“We absolutely will not tolerate, accept or condone this type of behaviour, which can ultimately undermine the public’s trust in us as Humberside police and policing.”

He thanked the victims for their courage in supporting the investigation and urged anyone who felt they may have been the victim of a similar crime to report the matter to the police.

He said: “We hold all of our officers and staff to the highest standards of behaviour, with their integrity vital and professionalism crucial to maintaining the trust of the communities we serve.

“Smith’s devious and repulsive behavior gravely failed to uphold and uphold the standards that we and, more importantly, the public expect.”

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This notice was published: 2022-04-26 17:40:23

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