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“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.