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UK: Scotland Yard chief apologizes after new case of police officer accused of sexual assault

2023-01-25T14:32:44.696Z

London's police chief apologized on Wednesday after another of his officers confessed to committing sex crimes, acknowledging...



London's police chief apologized on Wednesday after another of his officers confessed to committing sex crimes, acknowledging there was "

more than some bad fruit

" in policing.

The Metropolitan Police (MET) sees its reputation tarnished by the discovery of numerous cases of crimes committed by serving police officers, including that of one of its officers, Wayne Couzens, sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping, rape and the murder of a young woman in 2021.

Multiple cases of violence

In early January, another police officer, David Carrick, admitted to 24 rapes and other sexual offences, raising questions about the institution's ongoing recruitment procedures.

On Wednesday, Constable Hussain Chehab, 22, who once served as a school liaison, admitted in court to having had sex with a 14-year-old girl before joining the force.

He also admitted to taking indecent photos of children and having a sexual conversation with a child, some of which occurred after he was recruited in 2019.

London Police Chief Mark Rowley called the case "

appalling

" and acknowledged that there was "

more than a few bad fruits

" at Scotland Yard.

Most weeks, there are two to three officers who find themselves in court

,” for cases of dishonest acts, violence and violence against women or girls, he added.

Read also“Partygate”: Scotland Yard is investigating

Following the revelation of the Carrick case, the Met announced that 1,633 cases of alleged sexual assault or domestic violence involving 1,071 officers and agents over the past ten years will be reviewed to ensure appropriate decisions have been made.

Mark Rowley apologized for the case of Hussain Chehab, but warned that other cases were likely to emerge as Scotland Yard put in place further actions internally to guard against such cases.

Protesters threw 1,071 bad apples outside police headquarters last week, a reference to the number of officers mentioned in assault cases.

Source: lefigaro

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