Statement on the sentencing of former Cleveland Police officer
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A senior Cleveland Police officer has spoken after a former Inspector was dealt with today at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting two sexual assaults.
Lee Morgan was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, after admitting the offences against former colleagues while on a night out.
Assistant Chief Constable Victoria Fuller said:
“Cleveland Police welcomes today’s outcome. We hope it reassures our communities and our officers, staff and volunteers that the force will always take action against any employee or volunteer whose behaviour is called into question.
“Our communities quite rightly expect everyone working for Cleveland Police to adhere to the highest professional and personal standards – whether on or off duty.
“It is vital that we maintain public confidence, and sadly the behaviour of this officer fell well short of what is expected and acceptable. That is why the officer was immediately suspended from duty and disciplinary procedures, resulting in an accelerated misconduct hearing, chaired by the Chief Constable, were initiated at the earliest opportunity.
“The force has robust mechanisms in place for identifying and reporting any behaviour which is believed to be unlawful, unethical, unprofessional or simply inappropriate.
“These procedures have proven effective in this case.
“I would like to pay tribute to those colleagues who were brave enough to speak up so that immediate and robust action could be taken.”
Anyone who has experienced sexual assault can report to Cleveland Police at any time on the 101 number or online via our website.
You can also receive specialist support and advice from local agencies:
archteesside.org Tel 01642 822331
sarcteesside.co.uk Tel 01642 061230 Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm Out of hours, please call their Pathway and Support Service on 0330 2230099 or you can send them an email at [email protected]