Former Sussex Police Constable Charged with Misconduct in Public Office

Former Sussex police officer charged with misconduct, including inappropriate relationships with crime victims and breaching COVID-19 rules, raising concerns about police integrity.

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Former Sussex Police Constable Charged with Misconduct in Public Office

Former Sussex Police Constable Charged with Misconduct in Public Office

Jason Catton, a former Sussex Police constable, has been charged with eight counts of misconduct in public office following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The alleged offences took place between September 2020 and January 2021 and include forming relationships with female crime victims and breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

The charges allege that Catton formed inappropriate relationships with female crime victims he was involved with during investigations. Additionally, he is accused of breaching and encouraging others to breach COVID-19 restrictions during the specified time period.

The IOPC initiated an investigation in January 2021 after receiving a conduct referral from Sussex Police. Following the investigation, the case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service in June 2022, who authorized the charges against Catton.

Why this matters: The charges against a former police constable for misconduct in public office raise concerns about the integrity and professionalism of law enforcement. Such incidents can erode public trust in the police force and emphasize the importance of holding officers accountable for their actions.

Catton, who resides in Fareham, Hampshire, resigned from the police force in late 2021. He is scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 25, 2024, to face the charges brought against him.

Key Takeaways

  • Former Sussex police officer charged with 8 counts of misconduct in public office.
  • Allegations include forming inappropriate relationships with female crime victims.
  • Also accused of breaching and encouraging others to breach COVID-19 restrictions.
  • IOPC investigation led to charges being referred to Crown Prosecution Service.
  • Catton resigned from police force in 2021, scheduled to appear in court in 2024.