Misconduct Hearing for Detective X Who Faces Many Allegations That His Behaviour Was Predatory, Intrusive and Inappropriate

On 15th February 2021 at 10am at Kenneth Steele House a Misconduct Hearing under the
provisions of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 will take place in relation to Detective
Constable X.

This Hearing will be a hybrid hearing, in which the panel and witnesses appear in person, and
the public and press appear remotely. It is expected to last until 19th February 2021.
It is alleged that DC X breached the standards of Professional Behaviour as set out in
Regulation 3 and the Schedule to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 in respect of
Authority Respect and Courtesy, and Discreditable Conduct in that:

In relation to Witness A
1. He worked with witness A in a supervisory capacity.
2. On 8 February 2019, at a work night out he made a comment to witness A:
a. This was inappropriate;
b. This was sexual;
c. He encouraged witness A to drink shots of Irish cream liqueur;
i. He did not encourage others to do so;
ii. The behaviour in (c) above was:
1. Deliberate; 2. Predatory.
3. In February 2019 he said to witness A that something was wrong with her and queried
whether this was correct:
a. He said this after learning of personal difficulties she was having with her partner;
b. He asked her this on a number of occasions;
c. He was persistent in asking this;
d. This was beyond the usual questioning of professional colleagues;
e. This was inappropriate;
f. This was predatory.
4. In or around February and March 2019:
a. He told witness A she should end her relationship;
b. He said this to her on a number of occasions;
c. He told witness A that once her partner had lied to her he always would do;
d. The above was inappropriate;
e. The above was predatory.
5. Between February and July 2019 he developed an overly familiar relationship with
witness A:
a. He called her on rest days;
b. He texted her whilst not at work and about matters that were not work
related;
c. He was unhappy if witness A did not return his calls and / or answer the phone
to him;
d. He disclosed personal details about himself;
e. The actions at (a) to (d) above went beyond the typical professional
relationship;
f. On an unknown date he left witness A a voicemail and asked if she had
‘blocked’ him;
g. He suggested that he would tell witness A things about other colleagues that
he should not have been telling her.
6. On an unknown date in 2019:
a. He disclosed to witness A that he had been a victim;
b. He asked witness A to tell him something about herself that no-one else on the
team knew about;
i. This was inappropriate;
ii. This was an intrusive question;
c. Following witness A’s disclosure that she had been the victim of a historic offence he made
comments;
i. This was inappropriate;
ii. This was intrusive.
7. On an unknown date in 2019 he told witness A that she could not trust other members
of the team:
a. This was inappropriate;
b. He said this with the intent of isolating her from other work colleagues.
8. On 1 March 2019 he allocated a complex burglary case to witness A:
a. This was beyond her level of experience;
b. He gave this to her so that she would spend more time working with him;
c. He decided to directly supervise witness A;
d. Thereafter, he proceeded to separate witness A from her mentor on the job;
e. The conduct described above was inappropriate.
9. On unknown date/s after 1 March 2019 he went to locations of crime physically with witness A
that did not require physical attendance:
a. He deliberately suggested attendance in person;
b. This was to get more time alone with witness A;
c. This was predatory behaviour;
d. This occurred on a number of occasions.
10. On unknown date/s he asked witness A if she had been thinking of him:
a. This happened once; or in the alternative
b. This happened on a number of occasions;
c. The conduct at either (a) or (b) above was:
i. Inappropriate;
ii. Sexual;
iii. Intrusive questioning.
11. On unknown date/s he told witness A that he cared for her:
a. This happened once; or in the alternative
b. This happened on a number of occasions;
c. The conduct at either (a) or (b) above was:
i. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
12. On unknown date/s he asked what witness A what she felt about him:
a. This happened once; or in the alternative
b. This happened on a number of occasions;
c. The conduct at either (a) or (b) above was:
i. Inappropriate ii. Sexual iii. Predatory.
13. On unknown date/s he told witness A he had been thinking of her:
a. This happened once; or in the alternative
b. This happened on an number of occasions;
c. The conduct at (a) or (b) above was either
i. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
14. On an unknown date he told witness A that she was “different” and “surprised” him:
a. This was inappropriate;
b. This was sexual;
c. This was predatory.
15. On a date between 22 February 2019 and 23 March 2019:
a. He told witness A that he would take her somewhere where he went when
stressed to unwind;
b. This was around the (Address redacted) area, not far from (Address redacted);
c. He and witness A both drove to this location;
d. He groped witness A’s through her clothing;
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iii. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
iv. This was a sexual assault;
e. He kissed witness A on the lips;
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iv. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
v. This was a sexual assault;
f. He partially undressed witness A;
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iv. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
v. This was a sexual assault;
g. He called witness A shortly afterwards and told her he could tell she was
uncomfortable.
16. On unknown dates in February and March 2019 he told witness A that he wanted to hold
her:
a. This happened once; or in the alternative
b. This happened on a number of occasions;
c. This was:
i. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
17. On a date between 22 February 2019 and 23 March 2019:
a. He met witness A at the same location as above;
b. Witness A had told him that she just wanted to talk;
c. He kissed witness A on the lips;
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iv. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
v. This was a sexual assault;
d. He partially undressed witness A;
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iv. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
v. This was a sexual assault;
e. He touched an intimate area of witness A;
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iv. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
v. This was a sexual assault.
18. On a date between 22 February 2019 and 23 March 2019:
a. He met witness A at the same location as above;
b. He kissed witness A on the lips;
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iv. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
v. This was a sexual assault;
c. He put his hand over witness A’s intimate area. This was over clothing:
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iv. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
v. This was a sexual assault.
d. He put witness A’s hand on his intimate area, over clothing:
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was uninvited; and / or
iii. This was sexual; and / or
iv. This was without witness A’s consent; and / or
v. This was a sexual assault.
e. At the same time as (c) above he made a comment:
i. This was inappropriate; and / or
ii. This was sexual.
19. From around 23 March 2019 onwards, he asked witness A to meet up:
a. He asked this between 5 and 10 times;
b. This was not for the purpose of work;
c. This was inappropriate.
20. On an unknown date after March 2019 he made a comment to witness A:
a. This was inappropriate;
b. This was sexual.
21. On an unknown date he had a telephone conversation with witness A:
a. She told him that he was pressuring her to do things that she did not want to
do and she was not in the right state of mind;
b. Thereafter, he referred to witness A “snapping at you”:
i. Witness A ought to have been able to tell you to cease behaviour that made
her uncomfortable;
ii. Instead, he sought to belittle what had been said by saying she had
“snapped” at him.
22. When witness A challenged DC X’s behaviour he responded badly by:
a. He would ignore witness A;
b. He would not help witness A with work;
c. This happened on more than one occasion: or in the alternative
d. This happened once.
23. On an unknown date in March or April 2019, whilst on duty, he told witness A:
a. He was frustrated with her;
b. that she “never initiated” things;
c. by this he meant that she did not initiate anything physical with him;
d. the conduct described above was:
i. inappropriate; ii. sexual; iii. predatory.
24. On or around 23 March 2019 he was driving with witness A, on duty. In traffic, he leant
over and tried to kiss witness A:
ii. This was inappropriate; and / or
iii. This was uninvited; and / or
iv. This was sexual.
25. On an unknown date he told witness A that he was struggling to accept that his
relationship with witness A would never be a physical relationship:
a. This was inappropriate;
b. This was predatory.
26. On dates unknown he asked witness A to send him a naked photograph:
a. This happened once; or in the alternative
b. This happened on a number of occasions;
c. This was:
i. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
27. On an unknown date he asked witness A what underwear she was wearing. This was:
i. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
28. On an unknown date he said to witness A:
a. it was a “shame” that “things were essentially over” between him and witness A;
b. this was because his wife was away for a few days;
c. he wanted witness A to come to his home address whilst his wife was away;
d. Saying this was:
ii. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
29. On an unknown date he told witness A that he had “never felt this way about someone
before”. This was
i. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
30. On an unknown date between March and June 2019 he arranged a review of the complex
burglary case with witness A:
a. He arranged a private meeting room;
b. There was no legitimate reason to do so;
c. Witness A suggested the meeting take place in an open area;
d. Upon receipt of this request he ought to have moved the meeting to an open area. He
did not;
e. When he entered the meeting room he moved the chair closer to witness A in order
to sit close to her;
f. The conduct described above was:
i. Inappropriate; and / or
ii. Sexual; and / or
iii. Predatory.
31. On or around 11 June 2019 he suggested meeting witness A for a hot drink;
a. He suggested this a number of times;
b. This was not for a work reason;
c. This was inappropriate;
d. This was predatory.
32. On or around 11 June 2019 he met witness A for a drink:
a. He held her hand;
b. This was unwanted physical contact;
c. This was inappropriate;
d. This was predatory.
33. In June 2019 he sent witness A the following texts:
a. On 12 June “don’t start stripping off!”;
b. On 29 June “keep your beavering under control” with the smiley face emoji;
c. The messages at (a) and / or (b) above were:
h. Inappropriate; ii. Sexualised jokes.
34. On or around June 2019 he told witness A that he wished things were different and things
could have progressed:
a. This was inappropriate;
b. This was sexual.
35. On or around 15 July 2019 he told witness A:
a. He had a “soft spot” for her;
b. That Witness A was special;
c. That he cared for her;
d. The above was:
i. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
36. He sent a message to witness A on 19 July 2019 stating “sweet dreams”:
a. This was inappropriate;
b. This was sexual;
c. This was predatory.
37. On or around 30 July 2019 he told witness A’s inspector that witness A was having
Medical support:
a. He said that this was due to personal issues;
b. This was an inappropriate disclosure.
38. His conduct in relation to any, all or a combination of the allegations 2 to 37 above
constituted sexual harassment of witness A. By that:
a. This was conduct that was sexual;
b. The conduct had the effect of violating witness A’s dignity and / or created an
intimidating and / or hostile and / or degrading and / or humiliating and / or offensive
environment for witness A;
c. This conduct was unwanted.
In relation to Witness B
39. In or around August 2018 he said to witness B “have you christened your new car yet?”:
a. This was inappropriate;
b. This was sexual; or in the alternative
c. This was a sexualised joke.
40. On an unknown date in 2019 he was with witness B in a car park. Both were in the vehicle,
during working hours. Both queried with each other whether they had happened upon a
“dogging” site:
a. He said to witness B that if someone approached the car he would go to kiss her;
b. He said words to the effect of “I’m not joking. I would”;
c. The comments at (a) and (b) above were:
i. Inappropriate; ii. Sexual; iii. Predatory.
41. On an unknown date in 2019 he swore at Witness B when she said she was busy
with work.
In relation to Witness C
42. On unknown dates after October 2017 he complimented Witness C at work;
a. This happened on numerous occasions
b. This was in relation to personal matters such as her hair or clothing;
c. This was inappropriate;
d. This was overly familiar
If proven the allegations amount to gross misconduct.
An order has been made restricting any publicity of the name of the officer, or any
information which would lead to his identification.
This hearing will be held in public, subject to restrictions as ordered by the Chair of the Panel
on the Hearing Day.

Avon & Somerset Constabulary
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