A Metropolitan Police officer has been sacked after starting a sexual relationship with a woman he had helped send to jail.
Detective Constable James Elliott embarked on the relationship after the woman had been released from prison.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation followed and resulted in the disgraced officer dismissed without notice at a hearing on Wednesday (December 13).
The IPCC looked into the incident after receiving a complaint that Elliott had coerced the woman into the intimate relationship.
She had been subject to an investigation from the officer, who was part of the Serious and Organised Crime unit, and subsequently convicted.
The relationship started after she had been released from prison and met with Elliott to obtain property that had been seized during the investigation.
Following the complaint from a third party, the IPCC arrested Elliott in November 2015 and interviewed under criminal caution for a number of potential offences.
The IPCC passed on its findings to the Crown Prosecution Service, which declined to authorise charges in April 2017. This decision was upheld in August 2017 following a Victims’ Right of Review.
At the hearing Elliott was found to have committed gross misconduct for honesty and integrity and dishonourable conduct.
IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: “James Elliott has been dismissed and as a result will never again serve as a police officer within England and Wales.
“His decision to conduct a sexual relationship with a woman he had played a part in convicting and in whose case he still had some professional responsibilities, indicated a serious lack of integrity and judgement.
“At no stage did he bring this relationship to the attention of his superiors and without a complaint, his behaviour may not have been discovered.
“Trust between the public and police officers is vital and behaviour like that of James Elliott undermines this fundamentally
“The Metropolitan Police has taken the appropriate action in permanently removing him from duty.”
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