Police officer who was caught having sex with woman in Welsh country park and at her home while on duty after she told him ‘I love a man in uniform’ admits gross misconduct
A police officer caught out having secret on duty sex in a Welsh country park has admitted gross misconduct.
PC Andrew Legg picked up the woman from a Home Bargain store before whisking her off in an unmarked police car to Porthkerry Country Park in Barry.
The South Wales Police traffic officer arranged the secret meet up after the woman – who he had met online – messaged him to say: ‘I love a man in uniform’.
The pair hooked up again two weeks later when PC Legg drove to the woman’s house on a police bike while on duty.
But PC Legg was caught out after a tracker in the police vehicles revealed the secret trysts.
He admitted to police standards chiefs that he had been ‘stupid’ and said there ‘absolutely no excuse’ for his ‘very unprofessional behaviour’.
PC Legg resigned days before a disciplinary hearing, which ruled that the traffic officer would have been sacked for gross misconduct anyway.
PC Andrew Legg picked up the woman from a Home Bargain store before whisking her off in an unmarked police car to Porthkerry Country Park in Barry
The hearing was told how he had met the woman – referred to in the proceedings as Miss A – online before arranging to meet her in person.
Detective inspector Michael Owens said: ‘During the conversation he stated he worked in uniform with handcuffs and by that she believed he was a police officer.’
The court heard he parked an unmarked police car outside a Home Bargains store near her home and took her to Porthkerry Country Park in Barry for consensual sex outside the police car.
The misconduct panel heard the woman messaged PC Legg saying: ‘I love a man in uniform.’
In one message she described him as ‘sexy as f***’ to which he replied: ‘Okey dokey.’
Two weeks after their first meet up PC Legg arranged to meet her again when he was still on duty, turning up at her house in his police uniform.
DI Owens said: ‘He went to the home of Miss A, went to her bedroom, took off his police uniform, and had consensual sexual intercourse with her.’
She later messaged him saying: ‘You do look sexy in your uniform. You blew me away when you turned up like you did.’
Miss A asked the officer: ‘Do you often turn up to your meets in uniform like that?’ PC Legg said he did not.
PC Legg did not attend the hearing but police federation representative Danny Ahearn said he accepted gross misconduct.
Mr Ahearn said: ‘He apologises for the embarrassment he has caused to South Wales Police and his family.
‘He has no previous findings of misconduct against him. He is remorseful for his actions and did not want to end his career in this way.’
Chief constable Jeremy Vaughan said PC Legg would have been dismissed had he not resigned five days before the hearing.
Chief constable Jeremy Vaughan from South Wales Police (nella foto: A South Wales Police HQ) said PC Legg would have been dismissed had he not resigned five days before the hearing
Ha aggiunto: ‘I am satisfied this was intentional, deliberate, targeted, and planned and thus has a higher degree of culpability.
‘The conduct was repeated after former PC Legg should have realised it was improper.
‘Former PC Legg did this while on duty, abusing trust put in him by me and the wider public.
‘Instead of keeping our roads safe he sought to pursue a course of conduct which took him away from those duties.
‘This is completely unacceptable and the damage is done. I would have no hesitation to decide on dismissal as an outcome had he still been serving.’
Ha aggiunto: ‘The vast majority of the 5,500 officers and staff who work for South Wales Police conduct themselves impeccably and work tirelessly to protect the public, those very few who choose the breach the standards expected of them undermine the public’s trust in policing there is no room for this type of conduct in South Wales Police.’
PC Legg was also placed on the Police Barred List – which bans him from taking up another role as a police officer in England and Wales.