Officer convicted of sexually assaulting child

A serving Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer will face a misconduct hearing after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a child.

Mar 25, 2023
By Paul Jacques

Police Constable Farhan Ghadiali, attached to the Central West Command, was found guilty of sexual assault on Friday (March 24) after a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

This follows an investigation by Essex Police.

It was alleged that PC Ghadiali, while off duty, had sexually assaulted a child on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at a party held in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

The officer was charged by Essex Police and originally appeared for trial at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court in May 2022. The outcome was a hung jury.

The MPS’s Directorate of Professional Standards was informed of PC Ghadiali’s arrest and he was suspended from duty.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson of Area West Command Unit said: “PC Ghadiali has been found guilty of an extremely serious offence made even worse by the fact he is a serving police officer; someone who should be protecting the public from harm.

“PC Ghadiali had betrayed the oath he made when he became a police officer, his actions are shocking and appalling. We are determined to prove to the public they can trust the Metropolitan Police Service, and our officers will be made to account for their actions if they fail to abide by our standards.”

The MPS said now that criminal proceedings have concluded a misconduct hearing will follow.

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