Former Essex Police officer found guilty of gross misconduct after attempting to meet underage boy
PUBLISHED: 08:48 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:37 06 March 2018
A former Essex Police officer has been found guilty of gross misconduct at a hearing after admitting a charge of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 for the purposes of sexual grooming.
Jonathan Davies-Brewin, 50, of East Hill, Colchester, who held the rank of Detective Constable, contacted someone who he thought was a 15 year-old boy while using an alias on dating app Grindr on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
The profile he had contacted, however, was that of an adult man posing as a teenager.
Following a string of messages, they arranged to meet in Braintree later that day where Davies-Brewin was arrested.
On December 12, 2017, he admitted a charge of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 for the purposes of sexual grooming.
On January 31, he was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, told to pay £1,200 costs, ordered to take part in the Horizon Programme, undertake 200 hours of unpaid community work, 25 rehabilitation days, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years, and put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
He had been suspended from the force following his arrest and resigned on January 18.
At an Essex Police misconduct hearing at Chelmsford Civic Centre today (Monday, March 5), a panel chaired by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh found him guilty of gross misconduct having breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in the area of Discreditable Conduct.
The panel also decided that, if he had not already resigned, he would have been dismissed.
Following the hearing, Chief Constable Kavanagh said: “I demand the highest level of conduct from my officers and Jonathan Davies-Brewin’s actions have fallen well below what I expect.
“I have no doubt in my mind he went to Braintree with the premeditated intention to abuse a young person.
“The role police officers play in society to protect the most vulnerable is a responsibility which must be taken with the utmost seriousness and is a fundamental pillar in public confidence in policing.
“Jonathan Davies-Brewin’s conduct had the potential to undermine the faith of children and young people in police officers and their intentions and I have no hesitation in handing down this sanction.
“I believe I have some of the best officers in the country here in Essex and Davies-Brewin’s behaviour is not, and should not, be a reflection on them.
“He may have already resigned but it was important this misconduct process took place.
“The outcome and sanction we have agreed on means he will be placed on the barred list and won’t be able to work for another force anywhere in the country.”