A disgraced former police officer sacked and jailed for perverting the course of justice has been moving up the ladder at Harrow Council.
Steven Rigler, an ex-PC in Dorset, has gone from traffic warden to senior team leader in the parking department at the council - since completing an 18-month sentence.
In 2003 Rigler was imprisoned for attempting to discredit a 17-year-old girl who falsely claimed he had indecently assaulted her.
She alleged the married father-of-one was on patrol late one night after she had gone out for drinks.
And although he confessed she performed oral sex on him while he was driving a police car she claimed he offered her a lift home, pulled into a lay-by on the way back, and forced her to do it.
When she brought a complaint against him the 49-year-old panicked and tried to clear his name by writing himself a blackmail letter and pretending it had been sent by the girl.
And while he was found not guilty of indecent assault, DNA tests showed the saliva on the inside of the envelope belonged to Rigler.
The letter, which was pieced together using words cut from magazines, had a phone number on it which Rigler claimed he called and was told the case would be dropped for £1,000.
Bizarrely, he also scratched a crucifix onto the bonnet of his BMW car with a screwdriver and placed a stolen, foot-high sign from an undertakers on the roof and claimed it to be the work of the girl.
Eventually he admitted it was all lies and Judge Samuel Wiggs told him: "Steven Rigler, you are a disgrace to the police force in two ways, having had an exemplary career before you fell.
"Firstly, you involved yourself in sexual conduct with a young girl while in a police car and on duty and secondly, once under investigation you perverted the course of justice or attempted to do so."
Following his release however, he says he was given the job at the council despite declaring his shady past.
Having risen to senior team leader he is earning between £24,550 and £26,737.
Rigler told the Observer: "Everything was above board I was completely up front with my past and I declared everything."
Councillor Susan Hall, deputy leader of the council, confirmed this and defended the decision.
She said: "Steven Rigler declared his conviction on his original application form in 2003. This was discussed in the interview and a decision was taken to employ him as a parking attendant.
"During his probation period and thereafter, he was closely monitored and his performance has been exceptional.
"Harrow Council takes job applications on merit.
"Mr Rigler was open at the outset about his past and in this case we considered he was worthy of a second chance.
"His subsequent employment record has justified that belief."