MPS officer given final written warning over 'sexting' attempts

An officer has been given a final written warning after attempting to engage in ‘sexting’ with a woman he met during the course of his duties.

Sep 4, 2020
By Tony Thompson

It was alleged that during the course of making arrangements to return a laptop to a female, Police Constable William Woolston sent texts and emails that were flirtatious, contained sexual innuendo and were otherwise inappropriate.

PC Woolston, of the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) Central Specialist Crime command, attended a hearing on September 3 to face allegations he had breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.

The hearing determined that PC Woolston was attempting to encourage the female to exchange sexually explicit text messages with him.

The chair, Tapan Debnath, and panel members Detective Superintendents Mark Broome and Bernard Nawrat, considered all of the evidence and found PC Woolston to have breached the standards of professional behaviour at the level of gross misconduct.

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