A former Metropolitan Police officer began a sexual relationship with a woman while investigating her, an investigation found.
John McCarthy, who was a detective constable at the time, began sleeping with the woman in 2017 while he was investigating her for harassment, according to an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
During their relationship, Mr McCarthy also sent the woman sexual text messages, it turned out.
The bullying case against her was then dropped.
Mr McCarthy also borrowed £ 3,580 from the woman in a series of payments between June and September 2017, the IOPC found.
The IOPC said it found evidence that Mr McCarthy never intended to repay the woman.
The then DC had neither explained his relationship with the woman, nor the money he had received from her, it said.
However, in January 2018, following a referral from the Met Police, an investigation was opened against Mr McCarthy.
In March 2020, the investigation revealed that the officer had been charged with gross misconduct.
Mr. McCarthy then resigned on September 5 of that year.
In a statement, IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said, “It is clear that John McCarthy took predatory steps for his own sexual gratification and personal gain.”
Mr Naseem added that Mr McCarthy’s behavior had “corrosive” effects on public confidence in the police.
“His behavior has had a grave and devastating effect on his victim and has a corrosive, lasting effect on public confidence in individual officers and the police service in general,” he said.
A police disciplinary committee ruled that if Mr McCarthy had not resigned, he would have been dismissed without notice for gross misconduct.
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