Former police officer sentenced for misconduct in a public office

A former police officer has been sentenced to nine months in prison for Misconduct in a Public Office.

Ben Robinson, 39, who worked as a police constable in Kirklees district, admitted misconduct in a public office after starting a sexual relationship with a woman who he met as a victim of crime.

He pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court last Friday and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay £1,200 in costs and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Robinson resigned from West Yorkshire Police following his arrest on 17 October 2017.

As a serving officer, Robinson investigated a domestic violence incident. During the course of the investigation he engaged in consensual sexual acts with the victim.

An evidential file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service in early February 2016.

Detective Superintendent Richard Crinnion, of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, said: “We expect the highest standards of professional behaviour from our officers and staff in line with the Code of Ethics.

“Robinson has admitted misconduct in a public office which means he wilfully neglected to perform his duty to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust without reasonable excuse or justification.”

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