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Police officer jailed for sexual text message misconduct
7:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
AN OFFICER who was based in Kidderminster has been jailed for 15 months after engaging in sexual activity with a domestic violence victim and sending her inappropriate text messages.
Jordan Powell, 31, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday to face a two week trial but decided to plead guilty to three counts of misconduct in a public office before judge Jamie Tabor.
The convictions relate to sending inappropriate text messages to a victim of domestic violence who he met through his job. Powell also engaged in a sexual relationship with the woman while he was on duty.
He also admitted sending another female victim of crime inappropriate text messages of a sexual nature.
Powell was arrested and suspended from West Mercia Police in July last year. He will face a misconduct hearing in the near future.
He joined West Mercia Police in October 2004 and was based at Kidderminster Police Station for the majority of his time at the force. The court heard he had already received a written warning in 2008 for an inappropriate relationship with a female victim of crime.
Assistant chief constable Gareth Morgan said: “This officer acted in an unforgivable way and abused his role and the position of trust he had been given. He has exploited his role and targeted vulnerable women for his own personal gratification.
“On behalf of West Mercia Police I would like to apologise to the women involved and pay tribute to their strength and bravery throughout this investigation.
“I am proud to say the vast majority of our workforce are honest, hard working individuals who are dedicated to serving our local communities.
“When a police officer acts in such a despicable way it makes it harder for the public to maintain their trust in us and damages the good relations we have.”
He added: “This investigation, culminating in today’s sentence, underlines the fact that West Mercia Police will not tolerate the tiny minority of dishonest staff or officers who give others a bad name.”
Judge Tabor sentenced Powell to 15 months in prison and said his behaviour “undermined public confidence”.
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