Police inspector banned for sexually assaulting colleagues at Christmas party

A disgraced former police inspector has been banned from policing for life after groping two junior colleagues on a work Christmas night out.

Lee Morgan, 45, was the highest ranking officer on a night out in Yarm, North Yorkshire, last December when he grabbed the bottoms of two female junior colleagues.

Morgan said he made "stupid mistakes" due to intoxication and poor mental health, reports Teesside Live.

And despite decrying his own mistakes, Morgan said he feels the punishment for his actions "far outweighs the crime".

Last month, the former temporary police inspector admitted two counts of sexual assault by touching at Teesside Magistrates' Court and will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on December 12.

Previously Teesside Magistrates' Court heard how Morgan had attended a work Christmas party on the night of the offences on December 15, 2021.

CCTV footage obtained during the investigation shows Morgan grabbing the bum of one female colleague and, separately, leaning towards another and seemingly grabbing the lower part of her body.

Morgan said in a statement: "I accept full responsibility for my actions on that evening and I'm very remorseful. I apologise wholeheartedly to the victims for any emotional impact on them.

"I have made stupid mistakes through intoxication, mental health and bad decision-making, which often go hand-in-hand," he added. Morgan said he was suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues at the time of the offences.

In his statement, he was also critical of the investigation and prosecution, saying no account had been given of his mental health at the time. He said: "I have done wrong, the punishment feels like a far far outweighs the crime."

But DCI John Bonner told the misconduct hearing: "[His victims] should have been able to trust him to the ends of the earth. He should have be a leader and a role model for them. He didn't act as one."

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