Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Robert Nicholson a Police officer sacked after 'inappropriate relationship' with care home girl, 14, he met when she was in custody - 31st May 2011

A Scotland Yard officer who had an 'inappropriate relationship' with a 14-year-old girl he met when she was in custody has been sacked.

Police Constable Robert Nicholson bombarded the girl with hundreds of texts and messages on Facebook which became sexually explicit.

The vulnerable girl - who lived in a care home - met up with the officer, then aged 27, and spent 'several hours' with him before she was reported missing.

The officer, who worked in the custody suite with suspects, led the girl to believe he was her boyfriend, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said.

Deborah Glass, the IPCC commissioner for London, described it as a 'disgraceful abuse of position'.

During their relationship PC Nicholson used the police database to access the girl's records.

He first met her when she was arrested on October 6, 2009, and held at Bethnal Green Police Station. The following day he sent her 17 text messages.

The relationship came to light in December 2009 after the girl was reported as missing from her care home.

The pair exchanged hundreds of messages before PC Nicholson drove from his home in Colchester to meet her in Romford in December 2009.

Staff reported her missing and one of the girl's friends told staff she was with a police officer.

The disciplinary panel was also told that several days before the December meeting Police Constable Nicholson had not taken any action when he was told the girl and her friend were travelling to Southend to meet a 'significantly older' man.

Ms Glass said: 'The girl told us that she trusted this man because he was a police officer.

'We expect the police to protect us and our families, yet PC Nicholson's actions were, from the outset, a disgraceful abuse of his position. Read More