10 months for intercourse at police station
A serving officer in Devon and Cornwall Police is starting a 10-month prison sentence following a guilty plea to misconduct in public office.
Cornwall constable Chris Wilson, 44, was jailed at Exeter Crown Court on Friday and will serve five months in prison with a further five months on licence.
It had been reported last November that Mr Wilson had admitted to having sex with a victim of crime in a lavatory at Launceston police station. He is said to have asked the woman if she wanted to “get with a man in uniform” after approaching her when she was reporting a crime.. He told her sex at a police station was “the naughty bit which makes it more exciting”.
Mr Wilson had been told by the judge when he appeared in November that it was likely he would be going to prison when he returned for sentencing.
Following the hearing, temporary assistant chief constable Steve Parker said: “A police officer has a privileged role in being responsible for the safeguarding of vulnerable people. The actions of PC Wilson were wholly inappropriate and illegal – he will now face the consequences of that.
“All police officers are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics and ensure the highest standards of ethical behaviour, this has evidently not been the case on this occasion.
“I have no doubt this instance will have a significant impact on the lives and families of both PC Wilson and the complainant in this case.”
Mr Parker added: “I would reassure our communities that the vast majority of police officers will always do their utmost to protect the communities they serve. We must treat the most vulnerable in our communities with compassion and care, but that must be within the boundaries of ethical behaviour.
“Devon and Cornwall Police will continue to learn from instances like this and will always take the appropriate action when standards fall below that expected of all of our officers and staff.”