Cop sacked after trying to arrange threesome with domestic abuse victim while on duty

A COP was sacked for trying to arrange a threesome with a domestic violence victim while on duty.

PC Darren Booth, 40, was called to deal with reports of anti-social behaviour when he delivered his proposition in March last year.

A disciplinary hearing was told PC Booth later saw the woman, an alcoholic ex-drug addict known only as Miss A, at her flat when his shift ended.

He made a number of sexual comments and asked the 36-year-old if he could kiss her.

But PC Booth was disturbed by two police sergeants who arrived at the property after they were tipped off by Miss A.

He claimed he was set up by the woman and her pal.

But a disciplinary panel found him guilty of gross misconduct after a four day hearing in Castleford, West Yorks.

The panel ordered that the officer, who denied all claims, should be dismissed without notice.

'RUINOUS CONSEQUENCES'

The panel's independent chairman Geoffrey Payne said PC Booth's explanation that he had gone to the flat to get legitimate information from Miss A after midnight, by himself and without telling anyone, was not credible.

PC Booth's actions were aggravated by Miss A's vulnerability, as she was a victim of domestic violence as well as an alcoholic former drug user.

Mr Payne said the officer's behaviour was "sexually motivated and exploited the power imbalance between them".

He went on: "PC Booth's behaviour fell a long way below the high standards the public rightly expect of police officers."

The hearing heard PC Booth, who is from Castleford, had been with West Yorkshire Police for 14 years – five as a community support officer and then nine as an officer.

Nicholas Walker, representing PC Booth, said: "The consequences to him are likely to be ruinous".

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