Former Staffordshire Police officer jailed for grooming teenager

Andrew Rowe

Andrew Rowe

A former Staffordshire Police officer has been jailed after admitting grooming a 15-year-old girl online.

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Rowe from Stoke-on-Trent – who was a Detective Constable in the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit – was sent to prison for three and a half years after previously pleaded guilty to five charges under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was arrested in April after sending the Staffordshire teenager hundreds of inappropriate messages via a social networking site. He was suspended from duty, and resigned after his first court appearance.

Acting Deputy Chief Constable Marcus Beale said:

“This was an astonishing breach of trust by an individual officer. He badly let down his already vulnerable victim and her family, as well as the wider Staffordshire community and his force. His behaviour was utterly unacceptable.

“As I said when he pleaded guilty, it is hard to imagine a more shocking abuse of position by an officer in whom a young girl had placed her trust. Again, we thank her and her family for their support, cooperation and understanding throughout this inquiry.”

Rowe, who was an officer for 12 years, was arrested within hours of his offences coming to light. The inquiry was overseen by a senior officer in the force’s professional standards department.

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